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Distribution of the sexes in New Hampshire shows more women than men (barely)

If your thoughts turn to companionship on Valentine’s Day and you’re looking to meet women in Greater Nashua, the Census Bureau has advance: Try Lyndeborough.

Looking to meet men? Try Brookline. ...

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If your thoughts turn to companionship on Valentine’s Day and you’re looking to meet women in Greater Nashua, the Census Bureau has advance: Try Lyndeborough.

Looking to meet men? Try Brookline.

Looking for gender balance? Try Pelham.

That’s one conclusion to be drawn from five years of American Community Survey estimates showing Greater Nashua’s distribution of the sexes. But don’t get carried away – what the survey really shows is that Greater Nashua, like New Hampshire as a whole, continues to be demographically gender-neutral, with roughly equal numbers of women and men living here.

The region, like the state, does have slightly more women than men, but that’s common in developed countries.

More male babies are born each year in most of the world – the ratio in New Hampshire maternity wards has long been 105 boys per 100 girls, generally considered the natural ratio – but males die at higher rates than females at all ages. That’s why retirement communities are filled with women.

New Hampshire isn’t a retirement home but we do have more older people compared to other parts of the country – hence we have more women.

But not a lot more. Statewide, New Hampshire is 50.7 percent female, according to the estimates, which translates to 17,400 more women than men out of 1.4 million people.

At the town level, things can get a little more unbalanced.

In Greater Nashua, the most gender-lopsided town was Lyndeborough, which was 53.3 percent female.

On the flip side of the equation is Brookline, which was 53 percent male.

And then there’s Pelham, only two-tenths of a percentage point away from complete balance: The survey found just 58 more men than women in a town of almost 13,000 people.

Nashua is pretty balanced, too: It was 50.3 percent female.

So the real takeaway from this report is, whether you’re looking to meet men or women, you probably shouldn’t be too worried about what town you’re in.

To get a closer look at these numbers, as well as rough racial breakdowns by community, check the website of New Hampshire Employment Security: www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/documents/aa-table-2.pdf

David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Brooks on Twitter (@GraniteGeek).