How Single is Portland? (2014 Edition)

Here we are again.. Another year and another recap on the ratio of single men to women in the Portland area.

Last time we found that there are more single men in the metro area as well as most of the country in our prime demographic of 20-34. While disconcerting, Portland beat out most other large metro areas in what ended up being 112 single men per 100 single women in the 20-34 age range. While a victory, one commenter pointed the large population of homosexuals in the area and of them there tends to be a higher percentage of gays to lesbian. Knowing this along with new stats, lets find out how Portland fairs in this year’s review.

Singles, 20-34


First off we can immediately see that things haven’t changed much. In our key 20-34 demographic the number of single men to women is 518 to 500 or 3.5% higher. While this is a slight jump from 2012, it’s a large decline in our favor compared to 2010’s numbers.

What we really want to do this year is take into account “alternative lifestyles” and how that might skew the numbers in our favor.

According to the  Same-sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population by The Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, 6.1% of the Portland Metro area identifies as lesbian, gay or bi-sexual.

With historical growth, underreporting and  along with our numbers being from 2006, we can feel safe increasing this number to 7% for Portland.

Next we need to find what percentage of these same-sex couples that are male vs female so we can extrapolate that figure to our singles. According to the same institution, while the percentage of homosexual men to women are roughly equal, a larger percentage of men report being strictly gay as opposed to bi-sexual than women. As any single male in Portland can attest, the number of bi-sexual women here almost seems that of fables.



Nearly twice as many men report being strictly homosexual as women giving us some hope in seeing our numbers become even more competitive. Let’s do the math:

Of 518 single men, 23 which are strictly gay, gives us a total of 495 competing males.

Of 500 single women, 11 which are strictly lesbian, gives us a total of 489 available.

Overall, we are looking at 495 single men to 489 single women or a 1.2% spread. Not too shabby.

There you have it. Our singles census ends up a little worse than prior years initially, however when taking some new fact into account, ends up extremely competitive and within the margin of error.

Here’s to a great 2014!

1 Comment to How Single is Portland? (2014 Edition)

March 3, 2014

I just read this post about how single Portland is and found it very interesting! As a recent transplant and someone with not the best game, I can see how Portland makes it even more difficult to meet single women. You pointed out that there was a large portion of homosexuals in PDX (6-7%), I was thinking that there may even be more, since many may still hide their situation for fear of rejection.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I will be reading your blog from now on and hopefully learning a few things. Thanks so much!


P.S. I tried your email on your “conact us” section and it is no longer active.

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