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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.The overall male-to-female ratio is 10 among single adults ages 25 to 34.But when we limit the young men to those who are , the ratio falls to 84 employed single men for every 100 single women.Looking at the most recently available census data, we explored the demographics of the “marriage market” based on what women said they want in a spouse.
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.(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.Some 56% of young adults in this area were unmarried in 2012.
Our poll published last week found that half (53%) of never-married Americans would like to eventually tie the knot.
And among never-married women interested in marriage, 78% said that it is “very important” to them that a potential spouse has a steady job (only 46% of never-married men said the same).