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Bad odds for men
Bad odds for men
Seems there are fewer eligible females for the men. Explains the difficulties somewhat... Still I only need one or two...
THE NATION; So Many Men, So Few Women
By SAM ROBERTS (NYT) 516 words
Published: February 12, 2006
THE phrase ''All the good ones are taken'' is usually ascribed to lovelorn women. But if you're in your 20's, single, straight and looking for love, the statistical odds of finding a full-time partner are better if you're a woman. Unless you're a black woman.
People are attracted to one another for lots of reasons, of course, but numbers count, too. And while sex ratios vary by place, nationwide the Census Bureau calculates that among single non-Hispanic whites in their 20's, there are 120 men for every 100 women. The comparable figures are 153 Hispanic men, 132 Asian men and 92 black men for every 100 single women in their 20's of the same race or ethnicity.
Overall, there are 120 men in their 20's who have never been married, widowed or divorced for every 100 women in the same category.
There are several reasons for these disparities. More men are born than women. Immigration rates are higher among Hispanic men than women, while incarceration and mortality rates among black men are high.
The median age for first marriages was 25.8 for women and 27.4 for men in 2004, the highest on record. Among whites, Hispanics and Asians, most women marry by their late 20's and men by their early 30's.
Among blacks, a minority of women in every age group are married and living with a spouse. Only black women who make $40,000 to $75,000 and are in their early 40's, and those who make $75,000 to $100,000 and are in their mid-30's and 40's, are more likely to be married than not. A majority of black men from the ages of 50 to 84, and those making $40,000 and up, are married.
These statistics, however don't tell the whole story. ''People's behavior about marriage changed more in the past 30 years than in the last 3,000,'' said Prof. Stephanie Coontz, a sociology professor at Evergreen State College in Washington and author of ''Marriage, a History.''
More people are living together without marrying; more are marrying people of another race. And more women are choosing motherhood without marrying. In ''Mismatch: The Growing Gulf Between Men and Women '' (2003), Andrew Hacker, a political scientist at Queens College, predicted a growing divide between the sexes, in part because women are less willing ''to subsume themselves or limit their ambitions to make life more congenial for men.''
But while it's true that Americans are marrying later, Ms. Coontz said she believed men and women were becoming more adaptable, though women in general ''have become more distrustful of marriage and men have been more likely to say marriage is an ideal state.''
''Women,'' she added, ''are tending with the new equality to be more cautious about an institution that comes with a lot of expectations about women doing the comfort-generating work.''
3/12/2006 10:48 pm
Dammit ... I knew it was true but it sucks to see it in writing?? Somehow though, I think all the single women are moving to Atlanta. Last I heard, the single women outnumbered the men like 5 to 1. Someone correct me.|