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How easy is it to find a few good men in Southwestern Connecticut?

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Last week, the Atlantic’s website published a story pointing out locations where it can be tough for a well-educated single lady to search for a few good men.

Of all places in the country, Sarasota, Fla., is apparently the worst place for college-educated young single women to find a man in their age bracket who is similarly educated, with 18 such women to every 10 such men. Here’s the Atlantic’s explanation:

No offense intended to Sarasota’s bachelors — I’m sure they’re lovely. 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. Nobody’s beach body is worth battling those odds.

Of course, Sarasota is just an extreme example of what’s true all over America. The number of college-educated women now far outstrips the number of college-educated men, which in turn has diminished their options in the dating pool.

But who cares about Sarasota? Where does Southwestern Connecticut rank?

According to the Atlantic, the Stamford-Bridgeport metro area (which lines up perfectly with the outline of Fairfield County) has good odds for young women, with a 24.2 percent gap between the number of “eligible” women and men — that means for every 10 men who fit the specs outlined by the Atlantic, there are about 12 women. That’s better than the national average, which was a 29.7 percent gap, meaning there were about 13 women per 10 men fitting the bill.

The Stamford-Bridgeport area seems to have it a bit better for young women than New Haven, where the gap is 30.6 percent, but according to the data, Hartford has the best balance in the state, with a 18.6 percent gap, making it the 11th most balanced metro in the country.

Maggie Gordon

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