Tuesday, November 13, 2007

American singles map

Single in America? My brother and I were discussing which cities offer the best chances for men and women seeking partners, and as it happens, National Geographic created a map that depicts male-female disparities by city. This map appears a bit simplistic and probably conceals a lot of subtleties surrounding this question, but it's still pretty striking how much the genders are divided by the Mississippi River. Can it really be true that so many men go west or stay west and so many women go east or stay east?

13 comments:

Wake_Up_Everybody said...

The east-west divide is fascinating. As someone who lives in NYC and knows a lot of single women and not that many single men, this seems to be a good reflection of reality. However, I'd be curious to know how this all breaks down by age. Also, what defines "single"?

David Archer said...

I'd guess "single" means "not-married" for the sake of surveying simplicity, but I don't know what they meant.

Michael said...

A similar (though, I assume, larger) east-west divide existed in 1910, too. Then as now, I suspect a reason is that the West was richer with jobs that benefit from extreme physical strength. (Logging, mining and construction are the obvious examples, I guess.)

Also, Texas and parts of Florida seem to be the main exceptions to the east-west split. Could it be that we're actually looking at a map of migration? Are modern men, as they were in 1910, more likely to pick up stakes and head for a far-off boomtown?

Michael said...

By the way: Yes, I suppose I'm arguing that men would rather get rich than married. On the other hand, in light of the Economist article I just linked to, maybe that's perfectly rational.

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