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And some universities are even less of a sausage fest. “What was interesting is that the men who met their wives in college were not the ones who attended colleges that were disproportionately female.They attended colleges that were majority male.” Want to increase your chances of getting hitched?
Based on his research, here are eight reasons why women can’t find a man — and strategies for increasing their odds. “Because women have been graduating from college in 30-plus percent greater numbers than men for years, there are now four women for every three men nationally in the marriage-age, college-educated dating market,” Birger says.The island is great for, say, watching a cheesy musical or spending $300 on a bottle of vodka. In Manhattan, the numbers are even more dire, with 38 percent more young female college grads than male.Birger says the imbalance is also exacerbated by New York’s large population of gay males.Some 9 to 12 percent of men in Manhattan are gay, according to Gary Gates, a demographics expert at UCLA’s Williams Institute.Other cities especially brutal for single women are Houston; Providence, RI; and Raleigh, NC.Better options include Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Diego and Columbus, Ohio.
The Bay Area, for example, attracts programmers, computer scientists and engineers — fields that are disproportionately male.
The average gender ratio among US undergrads is now 57 percent women to 43 percent men. “Facebook did a study a few years ago on how couples met, and it turned out that 25 percent met their significant others in college or grad school,” Birger says.
According to author Jon Birger, you’re not imagining things.
To all the young, college-educated women out there who feel like Donald Trump will probably become president before they find a decent, eligible man, take comfort.
In “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” out today, Birger, a former writer for Fortune and Money magazines, crunched demographic, census and other data to show that it really is historically rough out there for the ladies.
After noticing that his single gal pals were always complaining that “guys were ignoring them or were toying with them,” Birger decided to investigate.