Gladstone makes the list as a bad town for single blokes
A MEME doing the rounds on Facebook has again highlighted the challenges single men in Gladstone face, with figures showing there are 141 men per 100 women in the industrial city.
The meme, based on figures by demographer Bernard Salt, has Gladstone at number five in a list of the worst Australian towns for single blokes.
Mr Salt is the author of Man Drought, a book he wrote after using the 2011 Census to identify areas with the highest concentration of young single men aged 25-34 relative to young single women.
He also provided research on the odds of finding love (or at least a date) in every Australian town, as well as capital-city hot-spots for meeting single men or women.
His figures show mining towns such as Gladstone are hotspots for single women, but not so great for single men.
Mackay is third on the list of the worst towns for single blokes, with 156 men per 100 women.
Overall, Mr Salt's figures revealed there were dramatically fewer eligible blokes than single women aged 25 to 34.
He calculated that of the 1.343 million men in the same age bracket, only 86,000 single, heterosexual, well-off, young men were available after excluding those who were already married (485,000), in a de facto relationship (185,000), gay (7000), a single parent (12,000) or earning less than $60,000 a year.