Indeed, their new mantra should probably be “Go West, Young Woman.” The Western part of the country, in general, has more balanced gender ratios than those found east of the Mississippi River.
California and Colorado, for example, each have 20 percent more college-grad women than men age 22 to 29 compared with 36 and 41 percent, respectively, in Illinois and North Carolina.
Similarly, in a dating pool that starts out with 140 women and 100 men, the gender ratio among those still single soars from 1.4:1 to more than 2:1 once half the women get married.
Much as the death toll of WWI caused a shortage of marriageable men in the 1920s, today’s widening gender gap in college enrollment has created unequal numbers in the post-college dating pool.
Unsurprisingly, men tend to be less — I’ll say it — promiscuous when women are more scarce.
Consider Santa Clara County, Calif., home to Silicon Valley and the only well-populated area in the country where male college grads outnumber female ones by a significant margin. “I think it’s pretty good for the girls,” one single woman told the San Jose Mercury News a few years back.
But for college-educated women, excluding working-class guys makes their dating math much more challenging.
If there is an undersupply of men in the college-educated dating pool, there is going to be an oversupply of men in the non-college-educated one.Consequently, the different-sex dating markets in these cities are worse for women than the overall census numbers imply.