October 2004

The Real World

A story published in the October 2004 issue of The Interpreter, the national magazine for the United Methodist church, lists AASP as a resource available to single members of the church.


Where you live may affect how you live your single life, especially when it comes to dating.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines single people as those who are “divorced, separated, widowed or never married.” Based on data from the 2000 census, more than 86 million people in the U.S. belong in that category. Of those, 48 million never have been married.

The ratio between unmarried men and unmarried women in a geographic area can affect the “pool” of potential mates. The national average for this ratio is 86 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women.

Albany, Ga., has the country’s lowest single male-female ratio with 71 men per 100 single women. The township of Paradise, Nev., receives the highest ratio, with 118 single men for every 100 single women.

Singles in your community may or may not have the odds stacked in their favor. Before singles pack their bags and move to another town with hopes of more promising dating options, they might find this information interesting.


The American Association for Single People is an information and advocacy group that promotes the rights of single persons in legal, economic and social institutions. Their Web site is www.UnmarriedAmerica.org, or call (818) 230-5156.