Women in 30s may miss Mr Right

NORTHERN RIVERS men willing to take Beyonce’s advice and ‘put a ring on it’have the best hope of doing soduring their 30s.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show while there are more men than women growing up in Northern Rivers local government areas, this all changes as both sexes approach their third decade.

Social researcher Mark McCrindle, from McCrindle Research, said for men, the magic number was 27.

“Males out number females for the first 26 years of life. But from 27 years of age there are more women in Australia than men,” he said.

“It’s a modern phenomenon.”

And it’s a phenomenon playing out here.

In the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, and Kyogle local government areas, there are more women in their early 30s than men.

Only Casino has bucked the national trend, where, in June 2008, the numbers of men and women in their early 30s were roughly equal.

But it is the Byron local government area where the trend is most pronounced.

While there are 300 more men than women in the 20 to 24-year-old bracket in Byron, the tide well and truly turns 10 years later.

By the time both sexes hit the 30-34 age bracket, there are about 200 more women than men.

Mr McCrindle said the swing from a surplus of men to a surplus of women was because men left the North Coast for the sake of theircareers.

“In regional areas men are more likely to move to thecities for work,” he said.

But, despite the figures, the RSVP internet dating site lists 51 per cent of its North Coast users as men.

And Joanne Kiemt, a single woman in her 30s who lives in Byron Bay, said meeting the right person had as much to do with state of mind as stats.

“It’s in the eye of the beholder. If you think there aren’t enough men out there, there won’t be,” she said.


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