The dating scene can be difficult enough under normal circumstances, but things are very tough for straight men in Seattle these days — and Amazon’s growth is contributing to the problem. That’s the contention of Jeff Reifman, a veteran of the Seattle-area tech community who makes his case in this blog post, pairing census data with estimates of Amazon’s growth in the city.
Amazon’s workforce is 75 percent male, according to Payscale.com. That’s consistent with the gender ratio at Microsoft and other tech companies, as well. The difference is that Amazon has been expanding rapidly in Seattle, now employing nearly 25,000 people in the city, up from 5,000 in 2010, by Reifman’s estimates.
By the end of 2014, Reifman projects, there will be 134 single men in Seattle for every 100 single women — up from a ratio of 119 single men to 100 single women in April 2010.
Whatever happened to all the Amazon women?
(Thanks to Matt Hickey for the tip.)