Young adults who would like to get married naturally start looking for love in the community they live in, but in some parts of the country, the odds may be against them.
A new Pew Research Center analysis finds pronounced differences in the ratio between men and women living in the largest U. metro areas, especially when it comes to singles who have an attractive characteristic: a job.
Our poll published last week found that half (53%) of never-married Americans would like to eventually tie the knot.
For women seeking a male partner with a job, our analysis found that San Jose, Calif., tops the list among large metro areas, with 114 single employed men for every 100 single women.
Among all single young adults, there were 141 men for every 100 women in this area.
Over half (57%) of young adults ages 25 to 34 in the metro area, which includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, were single in 2012.
(Our Mapping the Marriage Market interactive displays the results of all available U. metro areas, as well as the reverse ratios of employed women to men and all men to all women.) Also high on the list is the Denver area.
The male-to-female ratio is 10, and the ratio of employed men to all women is 10.