Study: Fort Lauderdale Worst City in America for College-Educated Women to Date (Best for Men, Though!)

Study: Fort Lauderdale Worst City in America for College-Educated Women to Date (Best for Men, Though!)
photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

Dating in Fort Lauderdale is hard. Even with eHarmony, Tinder,, OKCupid and, plus vibrant nightlife, gorgeous beaches, and sexy-ass people... we still can't get our groove on with each other.

So what gives? Why can't we get together? Well, according to some new data, it's because Fort Lauderdale women are smart and Fort Lauderdale men are dumb.

According to a new book by a former senior writer for Fortune and Money, Jon Birger, women are getting their college degrees nationally at a greater clip than men are. Birger's book, Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, is like the Moneyball of dating — with stats, demographics, game theory, and other nerdy number-crunching formulas. One of the theories in the book: Dating has been such a nightmare in this country because there are a lot more smart women than there are smart men.

When Birger examined cities where college-educated women outnumbered college-educated men, Fort Lauderdale landed at the top of the list. The Washington Post looked deeper into the numbers and found some staggering results (men reading this: Staggering means shocking).

Nationally, four women in their 20s have a college degree for every three men. Fort Lauderdale was by far the city with the most lopsided ratio. Here, for people between the ages of 22 and 29, there are a whopping 171 college-educated women for every 100 college-educated men.  Those odds — almost two educated women for every educated guy — led the Post to rank it the best U.S. city for dating, if you're a smart man. Obviously, this ratio is depressing as hell for smart women trying to find an equally educated mate. Tampa also made the top ten, with 144 college-educated women for every man.  

Looking at the reverse, the only Florida city that gave women hope is Orlando, where there are 86 college-educated men for every 100 college-educated women. (Not even one dude to go around for each lady!) There are only two cities in the country where more men than women hold college degrees: San Jose and San Francisco. Here's the Post's graphic: 

Study: Fort Lauderdale Worst City in America for College-Educated Women to Date (Best for Men, Though!) (2)EXPAND
via The Washington Post

Birger says that women have been going to college and getting their degrees at a higher rate than men, nationally, since the 1980s. This ever-widening gap has led to a dating mismatch for young people looking for love. And this is more than just a case of women wanting to find a mate they can watch Jeopardy! with.

This is about what most people want — to date someone they have things in common with. This, the book says, affects things like dating long-term, marriage, campus culture, fidelity, and even credit card debt.

"If we had had this conversation in the '50s or '60s, the gender ratios would be reversed," Birger tells the Washington Post. "Many more men than women were graduating from college, and there was gender bias both in secondary schooling and in college admissions. Back then, there was this mindset that young women went to college not to prepare for careers but to get their 'MRS.' So the passage of Title IX in 1972 certainly leveled the playing field."

So there you have it, ladies.

If you want to find a man to date, you're either going to have to move, date a moron, or build yourself a time machine. Which is totally plausible, because you're smart and we men ain't so much.

Sorry, ladies.

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