Our poll published last week found that half (53%) of never-married Americans would like to eventually tie the knot.And among never-married women interested in marriage, 78% said that it is “very important” to them that a potential spouse has a steady job (only 46% of never-married men said the same).Looking at the most recently available census data, we explored the demographics of the “marriage market” based on what women said they want in a spouse.Nationwide, single young men outnumber their female counterparts.(Our Mapping the Marriage Market interactive displays the results of all available U. metro areas, as well as the reverse ratios of employed women to men and all men to all women.) Also high on the list is the Denver area.The male-to-female ratio is 10, and the ratio of employed men to all women is 10.The overall male-to-female ratio is 10 among single adults ages 25 to 34.But when we limit the young men to those who are , the ratio falls to 84 employed single men for every 100 single women.
For women seeking a male partner with a job, our analysis found that San Jose, Calif., tops the list among large metro areas, with 114 single employed men for every 100 single women.
Some 56% of young adults in this area were unmarried in 2012.