All the romantic hoopla on Valentine’s Day may cause some singles to wonder what their chances are of finding “the one.” Although the answer is unknown, the ease or difficulty in finding a mate may vary according to age, sex and the frequency one visits certain settings where singles are statistically most likely to find their other half, according to experts.
According to three Vancouver 20-somethings, Angelo Adside, Alicia Salazar and Franca Ramirez
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About 118,839, or more than 28 percent, of Clark County’s population, ages 20 and older, is single, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Local dating prospects are relatively easy to chart by census figures on marital status. But today’s singles have a world of choices beyond their immediate county, state and nation thanks to the Internet. Interestingly, that expanded pool hasn’t made the mating game any easier to win due to changes in society. Finding a partner is difficult, but knowing the reality of who’s available and where to meet them can help singles improve their chances of finding their Valentine.
Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor from the University of Washington and author of more than a dozen books on love, compares searching for a mate with a job hunt.
“You’ve got to have moxie to get anything done,” Schwartz said.
Late bloom of love
Census figures indicate the challenge of finding a partner intensifies with age, especially for women. Many people marry at later ages than past generations and often aren’t ready to make the vows until well after their greatest moments of opportunity (i.e. high school and college) have passed. Some find themselves unexpectedly single again after a divorce or death of a spouse.