Each of these smaller metros is the center of a male-dominated industry: Williston is at the heart of the North Dakota oil boom, and Gillette and Rock Springs are Wyoming mining towns.In fact, rural areas and smaller metros generally have a higher ratio of men to women.

Perhaps living alone sends the right signal about independence and availability – or perhaps living alone just makes dating easier (does anyone really want to hear their mom ask, "Honey, can I make you and your friend some pancakes? Whatever the reason, we get it: so we looked at the ratio of men living alone to women living alone in order to assess the dating scene.

We also subtracted estimates of the gay and lesbian population in order to focus on men and women interested in dating someone of the opposite sex; check out our Welcome to the Gayborhood post if that’s news you can use.

Finally, we excluded people older than 65 since differences in life expectancy skew the gender ratio in the later years.

(Just ask my grandfather, who was very popular in the Miami Beach coffee shop scene back in the day.) How did we do this? Where the Boys Are Women looking for single men should try their odds in Vegas, where the ratio of men living alone to women living alone is the highest among the 100 largest metros: 1.34. San Jose, it turns out, also has plenty of men to choose from, with 1.23 men for every woman.

Several warm spots – Honolulu, Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida, and Miami – also skew toward men (remember we’re not including those 65+), as do some mid-size metros around the country, like Worcester and Tacoma.

The most lopsided ratios, however, are not in these large metros.

The ratio of men to women is above two in Williston, North Dakota, Gillette, Wyoming, and Rock Springs, Wyoming.

C., women often complain about the lack of available men.

On the other hand, "Man Jose" gets that nickname for having too few available women for the men of Silicon Valley. In love, as with real estate, it’s better to get the inside scoop before you start your search.

To figure out where the gender ratio is most skewed in each direction, we went right to the data.

We know from our consumer survey about love and housing that not all singles are equally in demand, at least when it comes to dating.