Women are more likely to find love in the outer suburbs while men have more choice in the inner-city – and plenty of other places.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has this week revealed the areas which have the highest proportion of males and females, with some surprising results.
The man drought continues, with every capital city except Darwin having more women.
Suburban and regional areas offered more potential for single heterosexual women, at least if they were prepared to either get in the car, set their sights on a man in uniform or consider someone from a different culture.
Ladies who liked bad boys were also spoiled for choice while men who preferred their women young could increase their chances if they didn’t mind the cold weather.
Women are more likely to find love in the outer suburbs while men have more choice in the inner-city – whether they are straight or gay
Where it’s raining men
Howard Springs, Northern Territory, 306:100
East Pilbara: Western Australia, 292:100
Wacol, Queensland, 241:100
Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory, 229:100
Rockbank/Mount Cottrell, Victoria, 158:100
Auburn, New South Wales, 141.4 to 100
Junee, NSW, 137:100
Darlinghurst/Surry Hills*, NSW: 132:100
* More likely to be gay
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics sex ratio of men to women
Auburn, a half-hour drive west of central Sydney, has 141 males for every 100 females.
Almost half, or 43 per cent, of residents in this multicultural suburb are also Muslim.
On the other side of the city, Sydney’s eastern suburbs has a significantly higher than average proportion of same-sex attracted residents, with men vastly outnumbering women.
Surry Hills and neighbouring Darlinghurst both have 132 males for every 100 females, in an area known for its gay nightclubs.
Intriguingly nearby wealthy Woollahra, a short walk down Oxford Street, offers more choice for straight men.
The home of celebrities and chief executives has just 82 men for every 100 women.
Straight blokes who prefer the outer suburbs can try Castle Hill, in the city’s north-west, where there are just 85 men for every 100 women.
Auburn, a half-hour drive west of central Sydney, has 141 males for every 100 females. Almost half, or 43 per cent, of residents in this multicultural suburb are also Muslim
Where to find women
Woollahra, NSW, 82:100
Deakin, ACT, 82:100
Castle Hill, NSW, 85:100
Mosman Park/Peppermint Grove, WA, 85:100
Acton, ACT, 86:100
Newstead, Tasmania, 87:100
Devonport, Tasmania, 88:100
Carlton, Victoria, 88:100
South Yarra, Victoria, 88:100
Mornington, Victoria, 88:100
Source: ABS sex ratio of women to men
Inner-city areas are certainly a haven for men.
Carlton and South Yarra have 88 males for every 100 females.
Men who prefer the suburbs can head to Balwyn, a 20-minute drive away, where there’s a similar gender ratio.
The Mornington Peninsula area, 70km from the city, offers a similar level of choice for men.
Women seeking love have to drive to Melbourne’s western fringes.
Rockbank and neighbouring Mount Cottrell, 30km west of the city, has 158 males for every 100 females.
Rest of Australia
Women who really want more young men to choose from can head to tropical areas with a military base.
Single men after a young girlfriend can move to areas where there are more white collar public servants and university students.
Inner-city areas are certainly a haven for men. Carlton and South Yarra (Prahan Market, pictured) have 88 males for every 100 females
Ladies who don’t mind the heat could certainly try Darwin, the only capital city in Australia where men outnumber women.
The Howard Springs area has 306 males for every 100 females, due to its proximity to army barracks.
Women who prefer a man in uniform closer to the city centre have choice in Larrakeyah, the home of a naval base, where they are 124 men for every 100 women.
Canberra is also home to an extreme gender imbalance for similar reasons.
Duntroon, the home of the Royal Military College, has 229 males for every female, and had a median age of just 22.
A short drive away, the sex ratio is reversed at Acton, a youthful suburb with a median age of just 21 where there are just 86 males for every 100 females.
It is also home to Australian National University.
Ladies who don’t mind the heat could certainly try Darwin, the only capital city in Australia where men outnumber women (pictured are Australian Army troops in Darwin marching on Anzac Day)
Nearby Deakin, a short walk from Parliament House, has an even more severe man drought, with just 82 males for every 100 females.
Mining areas in Western Australia’s remote East Pilbara region also have a severe gender imbalance, with 292 males for every 100 females.
Areas with prisons also have significantly more men than women with Wacol, in Brisbane’s south-west, having 241 males for every 100 females.
Conversely, wealthier areas near the city offer more choice for men, with upmarket Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove in Perth’s west having 85 men for every 100 women.
A small handful of regional areas also have more women than men, including Albany, south of Perth, which has 87 males for every 100 females.
In Tasmania, Launceston is female-dominated with 87 men for every 100 women in inner-city Newstead.
The ratio is 88 males for every 100 females in nearby Norwood.
Devonport, in the state’s north, has a similar ratio.
Acton, a youthful suburb with a median age of just 21 where there are just 86 males for every 100 females. It is also home to Australian National University