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Think Tanked
Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Brookings, Urban weigh in on Washington’s dating scene

Dating culture in Washington is notoriously bad--a transient population, a less-than-exemplary nightlife and a workaholic environment. One woman, who recently fled Washington, told Bloomberg that Washingtonians are “really sort of dating their jobs...It’s sort of like an intellectual meat market.”

The demographics are particularly unkind to women, according to two think tanks.

An influx of young, female professionals helps explain the gender imbalance, according to William Frey, a senior fellow and demographer at the Brookings Institution.

“Young women are more likely to come into the District than young men,” Frey said, noting that federal agencies and nonprofit institutions often hire young college graduates, and women make up the majority of them.

And the older you get, the more difficult it is.

“Shares of women in the population get higher as you move to older age cohorts, but that’s because women live longer than men on average,” said Peter Tatian, a researcher at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.

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