"In Canada, if you look at women you know say between the ages of 25 and 35, for every 100 men that have a university degree, there's 135 women," she said.This is a trend Adshade said is playing out in cities across Canada, and it has been for the last 30 years."I think this is a feature of the fact women are going to university more than men are today," she said, adding it's a trend that's been going on for about 30 years, and it creates a disparity in the dating pool — especially in cities.In Winnipeg, Statistics Canada data shows at last count, there were about 11,000 more women than men who reported having some post-secondary education. It may not have to do with you, but instead come down to simple economics."Like many cities across Canada, Winnipeg has more women than men," said Marina Adshade, a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia who specializes in the economics of dating pools.But women actually start to outnumber men around age 25 in Winnipeg, and each year, the disparity grows.There is one distinct group, though, that Adshade says is particularly "disadvantaged" in Winnipeg when it comes to dating: educated women.
When Anna Oliviera moved to Winnipeg from Brazil 16 months ago, and though she is now dating someone, she didn't expect it to be so hard to meet people. "People are more shy and it's difficult to start a conversation in a bar or even in a university." Her friend Anna Noronha agreed."It's really tough to find someone you connect with." One of the worst cities for educated single women looking to date an opposite-sex partner? But Adshade said the city of Calgary has better demographics."For me, it wasn't that difficult, but I heard that Canadian guys are more closed. Statistics student Alex Ignat has had a girlfriend for the past two years but said a lot of his friends have had trouble."I think most people my age are going to the bar, getting as drunk as they can and seeing where that goes," he said.According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, there are nearly 22,000 more single women than men in the city's dating pool.
That's not totally unusual — women tend to live longer than men and as we age, there are just more of them.