A more educated term for dating
According to Pew Research Center data, as of 2007, among college-educated adults, 71% of married men have a college-educated wife — a huge increase in the last 40 years.So what happens when modern singles venture outside their socioeconomic pools and engage in what Birger calls "mixed-collar dating"?Of course, none of these metro areas really offer women good odds, as you can see in the table below. But college towns, tech-centers, the Midwest, and (for whatever reason) Utah's major metro areas seemed to offer some of the most abundant educated male populations. [Update: AM - Since there seems to be a bit of confusion, I'd just like to reiterate that this table includes all 102 U. In 1995, women and men ages 25 to 29 were about equally likely to have a B. Now, the balance looks like this: Which brings us to today's relatively thin pool of college educated guys.The next chart shows the percent by which college-educated women outnumber men in the 15 largest American metro areas.(Scroll down to the bottom to see the results in a sortable table.
But for every ten guys under 35 with a diploma, there are roughly 18 female college grads the same age roaming the city's greater metro area. Of course, Sarasota is just an extreme example of what's true all over America.
The book raises some interesting questions about what we look for in a mate, as well as some alternative solutions for the marriage-minded among us.
(Apparently, if you're a lady who wants to put a ring on it, Silicon Valley is a single-man mecca.) But Birger also suggests that this "man shortage" might result in a surprising trend: women dating outside their class and education levels.
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