- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Go West, young woman, especially if you’re single and looking for love.

And if you’re serious about seeking a male mate, go to Orange County or Silicon Valley — two areas with cities in which, in an unusual twist, single men outnumber single women.

Nationwide, there are millions more women than men who have never married, or have divorced or been widowed, the Census Bureau reports.

That held for most of California, where there were 6.1 million single women and 5.6 million single men, according to Census 2000. But the state’s ratio of 92 single men to every 100 single women was closer to parity than the national average of 86-to-100.

And California had half of the nation’s top 10 places with a 100,000-plus population in which single men outnumbered single women, according to the census.

Topping California’s list was Sunnyvale, where the census reported 113 men for every 100 women. But in this suburb noted for male-heavy technology firms, dating can fall victim to a culture in which working into the night may be favored over a night on the make.

Even eligible men who hit Sunnyvale bars face problems.

“I’ve almost given up in Sunnyvale, and I can’t get anyone to even come down and visit me here anymore,” said Jim Oddson, 28, a telephone-line repairman who one night took out-of-town friends to three local bars, but found no woman — single or otherwise.

The other four California cities were immigrant magnets — Santa Ana, Salinas, Oxnard and Costa Mesa — which attract male laborers, many of them single, foreign-born Hispanics.

Cynthia Centeno, 22, lives in the Orange County suburb of Santa Ana and said she has no problem meeting single men. “It’s easy to meet people,” Miss Centeno said. “Everywhere you turn, there are people out.”

Two other places among the national top 10 were around Las Vegas, including the unincorporated area of Paradise, which might seem more like purgatory for men on the prowl. With 118 single men for every 100 single women, it had the greatest gap in the country.

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