If you're a young woman looking to marry a young man with a job, the Twin Cities should be one of the best places in the country to live, according to data published today by the Pew Research Center.

Finding a spouse with a steady job is a high priority for 78 percent of never-married women (and 46 percent of men), Pew's research shows, and the national pool of employed young men has been shrinking in recent years.

Pew's Wendy Wang reports:

Nationwide, single young men outnumber their female counterparts. The overall male-to-female ratio is 115:100 among single adults ages 25 to 34. But when we limit the young men to those who are currently employed, the ratio falls to 84 employed single men for every 100 single women. (We count both young adults who have never been married and those who have been previously married as single or unmarried.)

But the marriage market in Minneapolis-St. Paul -- as measured from the perspective of women looking for employed men -- looks pretty good.

Among unmarried 25-34 year-olds, the Twin Cities has 98 employed men for every 100 women, a ratio that puts this metro area in the top 40 of the 260 metro areas analyzed by Pew and fourth among large metro areas.

The top three are San Jose, Denver and San Diego.


While there are 98 employed men for every 100 women in this age group in the Twin Cities, there are only 70 employed women for every 100 men.

And here are the bottom ten metro areas nationally, headed by Memphis, Jacksonville and Detroit.