Two Girls for Every Boy: What Dating Sites Give Men the Best Gender Odds?

Two Girls for Every Boy: What Dating Sites Give Men the Best Gender Odds?

In the 1963 song Surf City, Jan and Dean glamorized the west coast surfer lifestyle with five simple words:

“Two girls for every boy.”

Do any California cities still offer a gender ratio of two women for every man?

How about online dating? What dating sites give men the best gender odds for finding a date?

Surf City

Surf City: Two Girls for Every Boy?

In the song, Jan and Dean described a magical place:

You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one.
You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now.
Two girls for every boy.

Best of all, men didn’t even need one-liners:

Yeah, and there’s two swingin’ honeys for every guy.
And all you gotta do is just wink your eye.

Before you start waxing your surfboard or speed-dialing your travel agent, let’s take a look at Census 2000 population statistics.

What’s That Sound?

It’s the sound of Census 2000 data crushing the dreams of lonely men who just booked flights to the Golden State.

Depending on who you ask, Surf City is either:

  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Santa Cruz, California

Both cities are surfing paradises but neither comes close to a gender ratio of two women for every man. According to Census 2000 population statistics, the reality is closer to 1.01 and 1.02 women per man, respectively.

In California, the city that comes closest is Hemet with about 1.25 women per man. Nationwide? It’s Macon, Georgia (about 1.37 women per man). Note: We only considered places with a population of 50,000 or more.

The reality: There is probably no city in these United States where you’ll find a Surf City gender ratio of “two girls for every boy.”

Online Dating to the Rescue

Luckily for the men who just had their dreams dashed by Census data, dating site demographics offer some hope.

Quantcast is a media measurement service that calculates and publishes website audience metrics, including demographics. It is a free, third-party service that provides reports on millions of websites. We use Quantcast demographic data throughout

Of the 118 dating sites listed on our Dating Site Gender Distribution page, four sites had a gender distribution of two or more women per man:

Dating Site % Male % Female Men/Woman Women/Man
Source: Quantcast 22% 78% 0.28 3.55 24% 76% 0.32 3.17 27% 73% 0.37 2.70 31% 69% 0.45 2.23

So while the California dream of “two girls for every boy” may be statistically improbable in west coast cities, hope can be found on some dating sites.

Two Women for Every Man != Ménage à Trois

When we say two women for every man, we are talking about gender odds and nothing more.

We do NOT mean:

  • a woman on each arm
  • a threesome (one man in bed with two women)

It’s going to take a lot more than just gender ratio to get a woman on each arm.

A threesome? Forget about it. Short of divine intervention, it’s not going to happen.

Gender odds can’t make miracles happen… but they can affect your chances of finding a date. You should always check our Dating Site Gender Distribution page to see if gender odds are working for or against you.

Related Article:
Do Men Really Outnumber Women on Dating Sites? (

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Dating Site Gender Distribution (

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Gender Odds: Dating Site Gender Ratios (

Demographics by Quantcast (
Census Data by U.S. Census Bureau (

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How Quantcast Works (

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