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This was Diane's last-ditch effort to meet a man in San Francisco.
She clutched a cocktail and surveyed the candlelit bar in the city's formerly gritty Mission District. There were a lot of polo shirts, button-downs, and what appeared to be Dockers.
But the picture changes when we look at the ratio of single women to men and vice versa (essentially controlling for metros with larger and smaller populations). Atlanta has just *1,100 single women per 1,000 single men.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.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.
The first map, like the original, charts the surplus of men or women ages 18-64.