So while there may be more available men in theory, they don’t have a typical 9-to-5 job. As for single straight men: Pew found that no city had a net-positive employed female to male ratio.
And indeed, most of the top cities for this category were near military installations. 2 on Wang’s list was San Luis Obispo, which is less than an hour from Vandenberg Air Force base, the third-largest air force base in the country. We called around anyway to wedding photographers in the cities with higher employed female to male ratios to see what we could learn. Lewiston, Maine and Greenville, North Carolina — first and third on Pew’s list, respectively, both have large medical centers, and thus lots of nurses.
And if you look at what’s actually going in some of the top cities chosen on the lists mentioned above, you begin to notice their findings don’t always jibe with facts on the ground.
Last fall, Pew tabulated the cities with the highest single, employed young men to women ratios, and vice versa, naming it the “best and worst cities for women looking to marry.” For women, No.
1 was Clarksville, Tennessee, where there are 145 employed men for every 100 women. But it’s not that simple: Clarksville is adjacent to Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division, which pushes its employed male-to-female ratio into the stratosphere.
“The top 20 best cities for singles” — Nerd Wallet, 2.2.15 “Where there are more men than single women” — The Atlantic, 2.11.15 “Mapping the marriage market for young adults” — Pew, 10.2.14 Reading these stories, you might get the idea that if you moved to one of the places on these lists, you’d finally be within reach of finding your soulmate.
But experts, Census data, and residents themselves in some of these “best” towns, say otherwise: For young people between the ages of 18 and 34, most major American cities now look pretty much the same.
And the ones that are unique may have some unhelpful quirks.
“It doesn’t make much difference” where millennials live in terms of their marriage prospects, Andrew Cherlin, director of Johns Hopkins’ sociology department, wrote in an email.
He said most major cities now have about the same rate of millennial inhabitants.
This is borne about by data from the Census’ American Community Survey.
Here is the percent composition of 18-34 year-olds for 21 major metropolitan areas in the U.
S.: Meanwhile, as more millennials have moved into urban areas, and stayed in school longer, there’s been a steady convergence in major cities’ marriage rates.