Looking for love in all the wrong places

I love to think through business enigmas but when I saw this chart I was stumped.

This map would indicate that you can draw a line down the middle of the U.S. and pretty well predict if a city has more single men or more single women.  This just does not make sense!  I could think of any possible explanation.

Luckily we have smart people like Economist Richard Florida (one of my favorite authors) to explain.  Here’s his take on why the Western U.S. is full of single males and the Eastern U.S. is overflowing with eligible women:

“There are considerably more single men than women in San Diego, Dallas, and Seattle, too. Each of these regions has grown substantially over the past two or three decades, offering jobs in everything from high tech to construction and services. As numerous studies of migration show, men – especially those in regions with declining economies – are initially more likely to move long distances for economic opportunity, while women are more likely to stay closer to home and family.”

Hmmm … I guess that means that men are at least the movers — if not the shakers — on our economy?  Still, isn’t this dramatic delineation surprising?

Florida also explains that one city seems to have the perfect balance for the dating scene:

“Greater Boston is unusual among large metro areas. It is one of the very few with a near perfect balance of singles – having just 1,600 or so more women than men – 604,960 men to 606,580 women. And this may be part of the reason why the region ranks third for young singles on a ranking of more than 150 metro regions my team and I compiled. The entire region surrounding Boston and its immediate suburbs does well, too. Worcester; Portland, Maine; and Portsmouth-Manchester, N.H., also score among the top five for singles among small-medium-sized regions nationwide.

“This high ranking is good news, because singles attract other singles. Numerous studies have found that young people pick where they want to live first and then search for a job in those places. When Forbes magazine asked young singles of both genders what matters most in the places they live, more said “number of other singles” than said “great career prospects.”

Does this make sense to you or are you still a little puzzled by this chart like I am?

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