Monday, March 31, 2008

Singles Map of the United States

Hmm... maybe this is why I never found anyone while living in Florida? According to this map by Richard Florida, it looks like DC is a much better place for me to be.
Which of these two decisions do you think has a bigger impact on someone's life: finding the right job, or finding the right significant other? No one's going to argue with the notion that where you live affects your employment prospects. But the place you call home has a lot to do with your chances of finding the right partner as well. Having an enticing "mating market" matters as much or more than a vibrant labor market.

It's not just that some places have more singles than others. If you're a single man or a single woman the odds of meeting that special someone vary dramatically across the country.

By far, the best places for single men are the large cities and metro areas of the East Coast and Midwest. The extreme is greater New York, where single women outnumber single men by more than 210,000. In the Philadelphia area and greater Washington, D.C., single women outnumber single men by 50,000.

In fact, single women outnumber single men in many large cities around the world, even though men outearn women at all ages, according to Lena C. Edlund, a Columbia University economist. One reason young women in the prime marriage years - the 25-44 age range - flock to big cities is to compete for the most eligible men. And smart women who gravitate to vibrant cities are more likely to stay single - for longer, at least - because they rightly refuse to settle for someone who can't keep up with them intellectually or otherwise.

In our highly mobile society - where 40 million Americans move every year and 15 million of us make significant moves to a new county, a different state, or a different country - younger singles are the most mobile group of all. People in their 20s are twice as likely to move as 30-to-34 and 3.5 times more likely than 45-54.

I have often said, I recommend to anyone to spend their twenties figuring out what they want to do with their lives and who they want to spend it with. If you don't succeed at doing this in your twenties, start as soon as possible. (Assuming you want to get married, of course.) Armed with data like what is represented in this map, picking the right city just might help you with both goals.

Richard Florida may be right, choosing the right place to live is just as important as finding a spouse.


Becoming Me said...

Be sure to invite us to your wedding.

Kevin said...

I dunno Brian, somehow I have the same feeling on this issue as you do about 'industry information' being able to predict cycles ... maybe even for similar reasons. All that said, I do appreciate those statistics ;-)