Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Lost Women; .in London on Their Own, Single and Twentysomething ... and No Wonder as There Are 50,000 More of Them Than menCENSUS REVEALS YOUNG MEN ARE OUTNUMBERED AS FEMALES HEAD FOR CAPITAL

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Meet the Lost Women; .in London on Their Own, Single and Twentysomething ... and No Wonder as There Are 50,000 More of Them Than menCENSUS REVEALS YOUNG MEN ARE OUTNUMBERED AS FEMALES HEAD FOR CAPITAL

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Byline: BEN LEAPMAN

THERE'S bad news for young women seeking their Mr Right in London.

An extraordinary gender gap has developed in the capital, official figures reveal today.

Among Londoners in their twenties, women now outnumber men by more than 50,000. The gulf has been created by the advance of women in professions such as finance, law and the media.

The army of workers who move here to build their careers is now led by women in London on their Own, Single and Twentysomething - LOST.

Across Greater London there are 638,000 women in their twenties and only 586,000 men.

The gap is widest in inner-London boroughs favoured by young workers.

Kensington and Chelsea has 16,000 young women to 13,000 young men, while Hackney has 20,000 young women to 16,000 young men - in both cases, a ratio of five women to every four men.

The trend is making it harder for young women to find a male partner and could be fuelling a surge in demand for dating services.

When 3,000 singles attended the world's biggest speed-dating event in London last year, the women's tickets sold out far quicker than the men's.

And businesses that target young female high-earners are booming.

Fit Rooms health club in Fulham has signed up 1,200 members in the eight months since it opened, mostly women in their twenties or early thirties.

Owner Mario Pederzolli said: "The female twenty-something market has proved the cornerstone of our success.

"Our members are typically graduate-women in the early stages of their professional careers." By contrast, there is a fairly even gender balance among children, teenage and middle-aged Londoners.

The findings emerged in a new analysis of 2001 census data by geographers Daniel Dorling and Bethan Thomas.

In their book, People And Places: A 2001 Census Atlas Of The UK, they say: "The majority of university students are now women and, increasingly, younger women move to fill more jobs in cities."

Some of Britain's most striking sex imbalances, they say, are in "areas of London into which young women are more likely than men to migrate".

In Britain, women slightly outnumber men, who are more likely to die young or move abroad. …

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