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Do You Know Where the Men Are

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No, you're not crazy-there really aren't enough brothers to go around: 115 Black women in the United States for every 100 Black men 18 and over. Think back to when the numbers of Black boys in your class started to dwindle because the school system gave up on them and fast money beckoned. The streets led to lockup (586,300 Black men in federal and state prisons, compared with 35,050 Black women), fewer college graduates (38,103 Black men in 2001 versus 73,204 Black women) and unemployment (nearly 50 percent of Black men in New York City, for instance). That leaves many of us going solo unless we're willing to step outside our comfort zones of education level, race, ethnicity and, especially, social status. "I know guys who are educated, hardworking and ambitious," says William July II, a relationship expert and author, "but many women would look right past them because they don't pass the status test."

Where the Men Are Nationally there are 86 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women. Among Blacks that ratio is 73 to 100. We wanted to know where to find the highest concentrations of single brothers. To do that, we compared single Black populations in the nation's top 100 major metropolitan areas-from Miami to Seattle. Killeen, Texas, anyone?

Ranking

Metro Area

No. Men

No. Women

No. of men per

100 women

1

Killeen, Texas

9,916

9,511

104

2

San Diego, Calif.

32,461

31,708

102

3

Seattle, Wash.

23,215

23,404

99

4

Phoenix, Ariz.

23,883

24,907

96

5

San Francisco, Calif.

22,673

25,050

91

6

Minneapolis, Minn.

29,958

34,169

88

7

Boca Raton, Fla.

51,574

58,017

88

8

Vallejo, Ohio

10,277

11,788

87

9

Las Vegas, Nev.

23,356

27,420

85

10

Denver, Colo.

21,094

24,832

85

11

Austin, Texas

19,356

22,774

85

12

Lakeland, Fla.

12,126

14,356

84

13

Pensacola, Fla.

12,809

15,812

81

14

Youngstown, Ohio

12,080

14,762

81

15

San Jose, Calif.

102,001

124,579

81

16

Salem, N.C.

84,430

105,219

80

17

West Palm Beach, Fla.

26,998

33,556

80

18

Fayettville, NC

16,954

21,094

80

19

Huntsville, Ala.

12,832

16,323

79

20

Biloxi, Miss.

12,758

16,157

79

21

Riverside, Calif.

39,217

50,127

78

22

Orlando, Fla.

39,162

50,230

78

23

Columbus, Ohio

40,499

52,010

78

24

Hartford, Conn.

21,447

27,466

78

25

Ann Arbor, Mich.

27,101

34,378

78

26

Boston, Mass.

44,843

58,605

77

27

Montgomery, Ala.

25,390

32,807

77

28

San Antonio, Texas

18,193

23,582

77

29

Middlesex, N.J.

15,987

20,786

77

30

Jersey City, N.J.

16,607

21,506

77

31

Grand Rapids, Mich.

14,964

19,487

77

32

Jackson, Miss.

38,787

50,752

76

33

Sacramento, Calif.

22,266

29,206

76

34

Rochester, N.Y.

20,599

27,043

76

35

Beaumont, Texas

16,526

21,783

76

36

Trenton, N.J.

13,385

17,672

76

37

Miami, Fla.

83,846

110,407

75

38

Tampa, Fla.

42,998

57,702

75

39

Oklahoma City, Okla.

21,104

28,015

75

40

Omaha, Neb.

11,091

14,878

75

41

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

54,120

73,490

74

42

Buffalo, N.Y.

26,277

35,68

74

43

Columbus, Ga.

19,203

26,004

74

44

Atlanta, Ga.

215,879

291,880

73

45

Lafayette, La.

8,583

25,515

73

46

Norfolk, Va.

80,294

110,782

72

47

Memphis, Tenn.

88,249

122,282

72

48

Cincinnati, Ohio

41,439

57,607

72

49

Fort Worth, Texas

30,900

42,791

72

50

Greenville, S.C.

30,241

41,929

72

51

Augusta, Ga.

27,825

38,421

72

52

Wilmington, Del.

18,845

26,295

72

53

Savannah, Ga.

18,093

25,236

72

54

Toledo, Ohio

15,501

21,431

72

55

Akron, Ohio

14,657

20,316

72

56

New Haven, Conn.

13,126

18,290

72

57

Detroit, Mich.

197,636

278,498

71

58

Los Angeles

176,251

248,905

71

59

Houston, Texas

123,133

173,756

71

60

New Orleans, La.

92,270

130,459

71

61

Jacksonville, Fla.

40,056

56,045

71

62

Indianapolis, Ind.

41,193

57,868

71

63

Kansas City, Mo.

41,167

57,758

71

64

Nashville, Miss.

36,342

51,010

71

65

Shreveport, La.

26,683

37,761

71

66

Washington, D.C.

226,502

322,415

70

67

Newark, N.J.

83,511

119,593

70

68

Oakland, Calif.

56,796

81,177

70

69

Charlotte, N.C.

52,426

74,629

70

70

Raleigh, N.C.

45,839

65,639

70

71

Nassau, N.Y.

36,554

52,595

70

72

Baton Rouge, La.

33,575

47,820

70

73

Columbia, S.C.

28,314

40,887

70

74

Charleston, N.C.

28,222

40,218

70

75

Louisville, Ky.

26,711

37,939

70

76

Little Rock, Ark.

22,110

31,968

70

77

Tallahassee, Fla.

19,985

28,368

70

78

Tulsa, Okla.

12,272

17,715

70

79

Monmouth, N.J.

10,924

15,513

70

80

Richmond, Va.

51,835

75,457

69

81

Flint, Mich.

16,094

23,408

69

82

Chicago, Ill.

288,017

419,517

68

83

Baltimore, Md.

127,775

187,294

68

84

Dallas, Texas

87,576

128,432

68

85

Greensboro, S.C.

43,640

63,988

68

86

Dayton, Ohio

24,832

36,434

68

87

Gary, Ind.

23,045

33,915

68

88

Macon, Ga.

21,239

31,131

68

89

Chattanooga, Miss.

11,770

17,414

68

90

Philadelphia, Pa.

189,180

279,878

67

91

St. Louis, Mo.

85,760

127,265

67

92

Cleveland, Ohio

77,656

115,178

67

93

Birmingham, Ala.

48,699

72,961

67

94

Milwaukee, Wis.

40,623

60,627

67

95

Bergen, N.J.

19,561

29,043

67

96

Rocky Mount, NC

10,177

15,103

67

97

Mobile, Ala.

24,529

36,744

66

98

Albany, Ga.

10,905

16,392

66

99

New York, N.Y.

408,730

626,756

65

100

Pittsburgh, Pa.

34,230

52,837

65

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