Silicon bachelors

Santa Clara County beats out Alaska to become home to more single guys than anyplace else in America.


Janelle Brown
June 29, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Someone alert the authors of "The Rules": Silicon Valley could become the No. 1 dating destination for women in search of a single man. As of October 1998, there were 5,372 more single men than women between the ages of 20 and 45 in Santa Clara County -- making it the metropolitan area with the highest percentage of unmarried men in America, according to a research survey from Claritis cited in a San Jose Mercury News report on Monday.

This news -- along with a recent report that only one out of the 100 top-salaried CEOs in Silicon Valley is a woman -- should be another indication of the continuing gender disparities in the valley. Tech is clearly an industry still dominated by men.

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That said, there are probably some women who will be cheered by the news of the valley's latest dubious honor; primarily, those women more interested in a potential partner than in the politics of glass ceilings and testosterone-laden engineering departments. The news might even hearten those single women a few miles north in San Francisco, who have long lamented that most of the city's cute guys are gay.

Will Silicon Valley now become a mecca for diamond-seeking gals, just as Alaska (a previous holder of the "most single men" title) has in the past been a mecca for certain brazen women? Certainly, the single men in Silicon Valley must constitute one of the wealthiest bachelor populations in the world, thanks to that stock-option lifestyle.

Still, considering the lifestyle and work hours of many of Silicon Valley's finest, anyone who believes that "single" automatically equals "interested" or "eligible" might be in for a big surprise.


Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a contributing writer for Salon.

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