Purcell's Lineboring and engineering purchasing officer Rowann Downie and workshop manager Mark Jefferies are not surprised there are more men than women in Gladstone.
Purcell's Lineboring and engineering purchasing officer Rowann Downie and workshop manager Mark Jefferies are not surprised there are more men than women in Gladstone. Christopher Chan GLA071112WORK

High percentage of males makes it hard to find a partner

PURCELL'S Lineboring and Engineering workshop manager Mark Jefferies describes Gladstone's ratio of men to women as like dropping a female fish into an aquarium filled with male fish.

"It would go crazy," he said.

"I think probably for men to find a partner, it's a lot harder having such a high male percentage in a single area. And that also has social implications."

Data released from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing shows the number of men in Gladstone has increased 4% since 2011 to 30,096 - that's 3199 more than women.

About 35% of the Gladstone community is single, though this includes all ages.

In Queensland and Australia, women make up just over 50% of the population, compared to the 48% in Gladstone.

"(I'm not surprised) considering the amount of industry in Gladstone that's trade orientated," Mr Jefferies said.

Purchasing officer Rowann Downie said most women had come to town with partners.

"Not too many (have come) for work except perhaps the ones that were already here."



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