Let’s call it preaching to a male choir, but there is more data to prove San Jose’s reputation as a Man Jose for online dating.
A Bay Area photographer recently posted several interactive male-female ratios he found on the Match.com dating site across the Bay Area and other US cities. In a process that he described as lengthy and tedious, he looked for several age groups at intervals of five years and in distance ranges and filtered out profiles that did not contain any photos.
For men aged 25 to 29 in San Jose, the male to female ratio – 3,454 men seeking love for every woman – dwarfs not only other local cities, but all of the other major U.S. cities that were included . (See the table below)
Eddie Hernandez, who compiled the data and specializes in taking photos for people’s dating profiles, quickly added that the search results are not groundbreaking or scientific – just an extra snapshot to help people make dating decisions hold true.
“People don’t know what the competition is,” said Hernandez. “My general thought is that men are more likely to use dating apps early on. Even in college. Which surprises me because college is the time when you are surrounded by people your age and people should be interacting more offline. Women start a little later and it balances out over time. “
In fact, the match data shows that the more single singles there are in most cities, the more single women there are available. The male to female ratio in San Jose has dropped from 3.454 for 25-29 year olds to 2.142 for 30-34 year olds and has steadily decreased thereafter.
In the Bay Area you have to get into the 50s to get a 1 to 1 ratio. In San Rafael, single women of this age are more numerous than men.
San Francisco had the lowest male to female ratio in the Bay Area in the 25-29 demo, though it’s still pretty high at 1.764 to 1. For singles in their 30s and early 40s, it’s just under 1.5 to 1.
The next highest male to female ratio in the Bay Area was Redwood City at 3.197 to 1. The closest US city is Boulder, Colorado, at 2.882 to 1 (see table below). In comparison, the East Coast is much more gender neutral for singles: Baltimore had the highest male to female ratio at 1.773 to 1, and New York was relatively the same at 1.204 to 1.
Of course, not all data uses Data Match – especially in the Bay Area, where multiple apps are common – but Match is the only major dating service that shows users search results and makes similar graphs impossible for Tinder or Hinge.
“This stuff is not publicly available because people would be alarmed and more cautious,” said Hernandez. App companies want “as many people as possible. If this were more public, people would switch to different apps. What are they already doing. Match is part of it. “
There is already ample evidence that the San Jose dating pool is grossly unbalanced by gender, even though the general population has only slightly more males. The male to female ratio for single, never-married people ages 25 to 34 in the Bay Area is 1.555 to 1, according to the 2017 Census American Community Survey in Santa Clara County. Another interactive chart showing census data Used in 2012, it found that for every 1,000 singles, there were 148 men more than women.
As for the singles Hernandez works with, he’s not only suggesting that they expand their online searches beyond Silicon Valley.
“I suggested they moved to San Francisco,” said Hernandez. “I’ve had a lot of people who moved not only because I told them to, but because things are better.”