Dating in San Francisco is a pain for straight women. (Full disclosure: I'm marred. And a man. So, tbh, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Maybe it's not so bad!) (Ed. note: It is so bad.) Part of that can be chalked up to culture, and to the fact that dating is pretty much a parade of terribles no matter where you live—but part of it is sheer numbers.
That's according to a new demographic study of the United States by the Pew Research Center, which compiled census data on the number of unmarried men and women between the ages of 25 and 34 in major urban centers.
What they found might surprise you. In that age bracket, there are 116 men for every 100 women in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hawyard region (that's the geographic breakdown that the census uses.) Plenty of fish in the sea, right? The North Bay is about the same: Napa County runs 118 rugged, stubble-flecked wine-makers with collies and pickup trucks to every 100 women. Santa Rosa is 115 to 100. The South Bay, on the other hand, is a goldmine of single, marriageable guys: 141 of them to every 100 women in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region, and 143 to 100 in Santa Cruz-Watsonville. So that's good news for Marina Girl Says, right?
Maybe not. For one thing, the data doesn't include sexual orientation (Something like 15 percent of San Francisco is a member of the LGBT community), so it's hard to make a perfect inference. But the report does break out the numbers by employed men—and that's a whole different story. In the core of the Bay Area—that SF-Oakland-Hayward region—there are only 67 employed men for every 100 women. Though Pew doesn't get into it, part of that story has to be the unemployment rate—which ranges from 4.4% to 5.7% depending on location—and part of that on the incarceration rate.
Speaking of which, what was the region of California with the highest proportion of unmarried young men to women? If you guessed Hanford-Corcoran, congratulations. The Central Valley site of Corcoran State Prison runs 236 men to 100 women. Ladies?