Looking for a mate? Or just a date? If you’re in search of a woman, your best odds are in Santa Cruz County.
It’s not quite like the situation in the old Beach Boys classic, “Surf City,” which supposedly had “two girls for every boy.” But new figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau show that men account for only 47 percent of the Santa Cruz population. Put another way, out of every group of 1,000 residents, 526 of them would be women.
Conversely, those in search of a man would have an easier search, at least from a math perspective, in Graham County. There, the odds were just about reversed — 53 percent male and 47 percent female.
The numbers were pulled from the latest statistics about the population of the state and its counties. And while the overall numbers were not new, the demographic breakdowns were.
One finding was that Arizona continues to become more of a Hispanic state.
As of July 1, the percentage of people who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino was 28.5 percent. That was up half a percentage point from a year earlier — and 3.3 points higher than in 2000.
Overall, the state was evenly divided by gender, with 2,973,074 men and 2,966,218 women. But the figures were not that simple.
A lot of it depended on age. In the 18-24 age group, men outnumbered women by more than 21,000. But as for people 65 and older, women outnumbered men by 81,395.
That statistic also shows up in another way: The median age of males in Arizona is 33.3; for women it is 35.5.
So where should women of retirement age look for men? If you believe the Census Bureau, La Paz County. That’s where men outnumber women, even among those 65 and older.
Men of that age looking for women, however, should gravitate to the state’s largest metro areas.
The ratio of women to men is highest in Pima and Maricopa counties.
None of this, of course, automatically translates into finding someone to share a soda, a movie or a date.
The Census Bureau report does not show how many of these people are married. Nor does the federal agency suggest where to meet singles — or even a good pickup line.