Zooming into the interactive map based on Census data from 2011–13, a closer look at Utah County cities shows the ratios of single men to single women.
Here are the results for the two youngest age groups comparing single individuals who earned college degrees to those who didn’t earn a college degree.
Thanks to a strong recent population influx, Utah County now even outranks smaller, more rural counties in northeastern Utah and southeastern Idaho that may have been more uniformly Mormon just a decade ago.
Utah County is also the solid demographic core of the Book of Mormon belt.
So it’s hard to be a single college-educated woman in Utah. Birger’s Time’s article specifically focuses on the demographics of singles in the Utah LDS population.
“At first glance, the state of Utah — 60 percent Mormon and home of the LDS church — looks like the wrong place to study what I like to call the man deficit,” Birger wrote. But lurking beneath the Census data is a demographic anomaly that makes Utah a textbook example of how shifting gender ratios alter behavior.
Writing about the “modern dating crisis,” author Jon Birger recently released his book, “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game.” In an article published on Time’s website Monday, Birger shared part of his findings on how the United States demographics are skewed in the favor of men in the dating world. In fact, Utah’s population has more men than women.
Utah comes in having the fifth highest ratio of men to women in all age groups across the nation.