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Local dating prospects are relatively easy to chart by census figures on marital status. Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor from the University of Washington and author of more than a dozen books on love, compares searching for a mate with a job hunt. Census figures indicate the challenge of finding a partner intensifies with age, especially for women. Some find themselves unexpectedly single again after a divorce or death of a spouse. Both men and women are marrying at later ages than they did in the past.
That trend is more noticeable among women, who commonly attend college and launch a career before getting married, unlike many of their predecessors. The median age of marriage for women is now 26 compared with 20 inaccording to the Census Bureau. The average for men is 28, up from 23 in The drawback of that trend is when people are ready to marry, they have already passed up the best opportunities to find someone.
Women may have a more difficult time finding a mate later in life than men. In youth, women have the advantage in the dating game. In middle and late life, men have it easier. Vancouver resident Alicia Salazar, 24, said when she walks into a nightclub she has plenty of suitors. No one has showed up yet. He said he usually goes to Portland to meet girls because he finds the singles scene limited in Vancouver.
Then, you have to deal with all that baggage.
Single women in the same age bracket begin to slowly out them. Vancouver resident Kim Tuttle, 46, knows the pickings of eligible bachelors in her age group are slim. Second marriages are more diverse. You have to be more open about who might be a good partner.
You might have to go outside of your social circle and be open to people who are different, maybe a different race, a different socioeconomic status. Those differences can complicate the relationship, which is one reason second marriages are more likely to fail than first ones, Wilkinson said. But finding a mate remains elusive. Online dating websites have been one way that singles improve their chances of meeting their ificant other. Online personals cater to every interest group and demographic, including Greeks and horse lovers.
More than 20 percent of couples now meet online, according to a survey of 3, partnered adults by Michael Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford University in Palo Alto,Calif. That percentage is eclipsed only by couples who meet through friends and couples who meet at bars and nightclubs.
Bars are still a likely place to meet a mate. About a quarter of couples meet in bars and nightclubs, according to the Stanford research. There are 5, households with unmarried partners in Clark County. Fewer than 10 percent of couples meet in college. The likelihood of meeting a partner through co-workers and family is about the same. There is a less than 5 percent chance of meeting through neighbors or in primary or secondary school. And in a reversal from generations, the least likely place to find a mate is church, according to the Stanford study.
Among that minority are Vancouver residents Buffy Harper, 35, and husband Duane, The couple met through the Crossro singles ministry two years ago and married in September. About seven marriages in the past three years have resulted from the Crossro singles group, Buffy Harper said. When it comes to finding a Valentine, hard work and happenstance may be the determining factors.
The Census Bureau's American Community Survey comes up with an estimate rather than an actual count of never married, married, divorced and widowed. Census figures may not be an accurate reflection of who is paired up because they don't divide out by age group how many people are partnered but not legally married. Sunday, September 5, Late bloom of love Census figures indicate the challenge of finding a partner intensifies with age, especially for women. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership.
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