Sunday, October 25, 2009

Singles in DC

DC is apparently packed with single men and women, according to the Pew Research Center. With a national average of 52% (men) and 48% (women) married, the District sports a mere 28% (men) and 23% (women) married. The next lowest numbers are 47% (men) for Alaska and 43% (women) for Rhode Island. (These numbers are for the 15 and older crowd.)

One commentator believes this is due to the unique demographics of DC: very high black population (less likely to marry) and very high Democratic population (more likely to marry later). Another points to the 8.2% gay population as the culprit (along with the marry later point). These are certainly factors, but there's a much more obvious reason that I think carries the bulk of the explanation.

Married people tend to want to start families which generally means a bigger home and unless there's also a big raise, that means moving to the suburbs. In most states, moving to the suburbs can but not always means changing your state. But in DC, it always means leaving DC and heading to Maryland or Virgina (or West Virgina). So the states include both the city proper and the suburbs but DC includes only the city proper. Big difference.


Jenny said...

I think it has to do with all the single (naive) guys who go there thinking that can change the government overnight, and all the single (desperate) girls who go there looking to snag some policy intern or military officer. ;)

Anonymous said...

I think this guy might have some ideas

Singles in DC said...

Washington DC has the largest number of attorneys per person of any city. Many of these people are working in DC for only a portion of their careers and then move back to where they came from, so this portion of their life tends to be the single portion.

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