Avatar: Author: Zeynep Yenisey; Publish date: May 25, 2016; Social count: 2529 ...According to a new survey by Badoo, the best and worst cities for dating aren't what you'd expect.Whereas once the country was full of Mad Men characters happy to turn their secretary into their lawfully wedded housewife, the story goes, now people pair off with spouses they meet in college, or while collaborating on a work project, or through mutual, equally well-schooled friends. As Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld documented in a 2008 paper, contemporary women are less likely to marry a fellow bachelor's degree holder than they were in 1960, and about 11 percentage points less likely to than today's men. Decades ago, women who went to college had a noticeably smaller chance of getting married than those who didn't.Today, they've closed most, if not all, of that gap. Is the city you call home the place to find that special someone? Austin, Texas, tops the list of best cities to play the dating game.
Since most romance is local, I've spent the last few days sorting through Census data on the country's 100 or so largest metro areas to figure out where the disparities are worst -- or in other words, where a college-educated woman might have the hardest time finding a good date.MYTH: Beantown boys get hitched before 30 — that is, if they're not too busy obsessing over their beloved sports teams.BUSTED: About 39 percent of Boston men have never been married, and the average age a guy gets married is 30, one of the oldest in the country. AXE Deodorant Bodyspray comes loaded in funky black cans and has names like Phoenix, Tsunami, Kilo, and Orion. The study is based on the most currently available figures from the Census Bureau (population characteristics and statistics), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (frequency of sexual partners), (online daters), and criteria from leading relationship experts who weighed categories in terms of dating importance.No offense intended to Sarasota's bachelors -- I'm sure they're lovely.