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The unfortunate side effect is that there is now more competition among them for spouses.
Since most romance is local, I've spent the last few days sorting through Census data on the country's 100 or so largest metro areas to figure out where the disparities are worst -- or in other words, where a college-educated woman might have the hardest time finding a good date.Whereas once the country was full of Mad Men characters happy to turn their secretary into their lawfully wedded housewife, the story goes, now people pair off with spouses they meet in college, or while collaborating on a work project, or through mutual, equally well-schooled friends. As Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld documented in a 2008 paper, contemporary women are less likely to marry a fellow bachelor's degree holder than they were in 1960, and about 11 percentage points less likely to than today's men. Decades ago, women who went to college had a noticeably smaller chance of getting married than those who didn't.Today, they've closed most, if not all, of that gap.(Scroll down to the bottom to see the results in a sortable table.The geeks out there can stick around for a light dose of sociology.)One of the great social narratives of the past half century is that Americans have been self-segregating into cultural and class enclaves, in part by marrying people more and more educationally similar themselves.