Where Are the Men?

October 25, 2010

By Saquoia Freeman

WILLIAMSBURG,Va. — “It is slim pickins’ here!” said Jasmin O’neal of Hyattsvile, Maryland.  She notes how the Washington, D.C. metro area has a shortage of men.

The U.S. Census Bureau counted the number of men and women in every county for the year 2000 and the year 2007.  There were more than 148 million men in the United States and 152 million women in 2007.  Nationwide, that puts 97 males per 100 females. In the Washington, DC metro area there 96 males per 100 females which is not that bad unless you are looking for quality men like Jasmin O’neal.

“There is a shortage of decent men here,” said O’neal.

In other metro areas like Philadelphia, there are 94 males per 100 females.  That once again does not determine if these are quality men or not.  Natalie Selby doesn’t notice a shortage of all types of men, just quality ones.

“I would say that it is hard for me to find a man. But I wouldn’t say that it’s hard for me to find a man because there is a shortage of men in my area. There are plenty of guys who walk by and see a girl or drive by real slow hoping that you’ll stop and talk to them. I would definitely have to say that in the end there is just a shortage of quality men in my area, and not a shortage men,” said Selby.

Women in Virginia have the best chance of finding a man in Greensville where there are 168 males to 100 females.  Greensville had a 4.8 percent increase in males between the years 2000 and 2007.  Unfortunately, this number is due to the prison population in this area.  Loudoun had the biggest increase in males in Virginia with 65.8 percent.  According to the census, women would have the best chance of finding a man in Crowley, Colorado with 294 males per 100 females.  If you are Natalie or Jasmin, Crowley is not the ideal place to find a man.  Crowley, Colorado is another area with a large prison that is home to most of the men in the city.  Finding quality men goes down the drain.

Locally, Williamsburg is the No. 4 county in America where men are lucky with 79 males per 100 females. Why so many females?  Where are the men?  The College of William and Mary is in Williamsburg, Virginia.  By looking at other college towns, there seems to be a trend.  There are so many more females than males.  Why is it that there are so many more females in college than males?  Edith Lawrence of the education department at the University of Virginia simply had an idea for this issue.

“Maybe women over the last several decades have been given more opportunities,” said Lawrence.

Radford, Lynchburg, Petersburg, Richmond, Charlottesville and Danville are other college towns in Virginia that are populated with more women than men.

Demographer and statistician Susan Clapp from the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service looked at the 2009 American Community Survey to discuss the differences in male and female college enrollment.

“Population 15 years in over in total in Virginia is 49 percent male and 51 percent female.  On a whole it’s about half and half but when you look at college enrollment you do see that there are higher rates of women enrolled than men,” said Clapp.

*Note: Received data from:
American Community Survey