College-Educated: Women vs. Men (wow)

See this piece from Jordan Weissmann? Where should the single woman not live?

Are you a young, college-educated woman? Are you looking to settle down one day with a young, college-educated man? A word of advice: Stay away from Sarasota, Florida.

No offense intended to Sarasota’s bachelors — I’m sure they’re lovely. But for every ten guys under 35 with a diploma, there are roughly 18 female college grads the same age roaming the city’s greater metro area. Nobody’s beach body is worth battling those odds.

Of course, Sarasota is just an extreme example of what’s true all over America. The number of college-educated women now far outstrips the number of college-educated men, which in turn has diminished their options in the dating pool (as you might be aware, a coupleofAtlantic articles have touched on this issue). Since most romance is local, I’ve spent the last few days sorting through Census data on the country’s 100 or so largest metro areas to figure out where the disparities are worst — or in other words, where a college-educated woman might have the hardest time finding a good date….

Decades ago, women who went to college had a noticeably smaller chance of getting married than those who didn’t. Today, they’ve closed most, if not all, of that gap. The unfortunate side effect is that there is now more competition among them for spouses. And with females about 27 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s than males, many find themselves marrying down the educational ladder.

 

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