Mackay is the third worst Australian town for single blokes to find love, with 156 men per 100 women.
Mackay is the third worst Australian town for single blokes to find love, with 156 men per 100 women.

Mackay, the third worst town in Australia to find love

IT IS no real surprise that Mackay is one of the worst towns for men to find a lovely lady but a meme doing the rounds on Facebook has again highlighted the challenges single men in Mackay face.

The meme, based on figures by demographer Bernard Salt, has Mackay as the third worst Australian town for single blokes to find love, with 156 men per 100 women.

Mr Salt is the author of Man Drought, a book he wrote after using the 2011 Census to identify areas with the highest concentration of young single men aged 25-34 relative to young single women.

He also provided research on the odds of finding love (or at least a date) in every Australian town, as well as capital-city hot-spots for meeting single men or women.

His figures show mining towns such as Mackay are hotspots for single women, but not so great for single men.

"Single men are concentrated in rural and remote communities whereas single women prefer the city and lifestyle towns in seachange and treechange communities," Mr Salt said.

Overall, Mr Salt's figures revealed there were dramatically fewer eligible blokes than single women aged 25 to 34.

He calculated that of the 1.343 million men in the same age bracket, only 86,000 single, heterosexual, well-off, young men were available after excluding those who were already married (485,000), in a de facto relationship (185,000), gay (7000), a single parent (12,000) or earning less than $60,000 a year.



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