, the Ray Liotta lookalike I've mentioned before, has a new and interesting singles map up on his blog
. It indicates urban areas with disparities in the number of single men versus single women. New York, and the east coast cities in general, are more likely to have a glut of single women whereas the west coast has a deficit of them. Rarer still? An even ratio:
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.
What is not mentioned, of course, is the relative weights of these numbers. A surplus of 210,000 women in the New York-Northern New Jersey area is less than 2% of the population, hardly a large disparity. A surplus of 2500 in Portland, Maine, however, is closer to 4%. What would have been nice is a map with relative
differences, not actual differences.