Nope, not too many men in Alaska By John D. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Rugged Alaska has the highest ratio of men to women in the United States. Story highlights Alaska has the highest men-to-women ratio in the country John Sutter says the ratio doesn't explain high rates of violence against women Alaska also has the nation's highest reported rape rate: There are men for every women in Alaska; difference isn't extreme Here's a factoid many people know but few seem to understand: Alaska has the highest ratio of men to women in the United States.
Several of you tweeted and e-mailed me that data point after I published a series of stories on the fact that Alaska also has the highest rate of reported rape in the country. Maybe the superlatives are related? Here's a quick sample of comments I got on Twitter: It was about 10 men to one woman per capita in the 80s, a lot of bars, partying. Needs to change male behavior there. Odds are good but the goods are odd! I lived there, I know! There are men in Alaska for every women, according to estimates from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Excel.
That's an estimated , males and , females. But does it explain the high rape rate? I invited Rosay to a live online chat with readers about this question and others. But the statewide ratio is shrinking toward insignificance. According to the U. Census Bureau, women comprise The ratio alone can't explain it.
And it's not the statistic we should be focusing on. Alaska's reported rape rate is three times the national average. The governor told me the situation is an "epidemic. This has long been a favorite topic for newspaper reporters, who write about the ratio with a sort of faux-fascination. Summer is a time of hope for the unattached men of Nome," the article continues, "a tough gold rush town of 3, people in Alaska's far western corner, where single men outnumber single women by almost two to one.
They beg us for a game of pool, conversation, anything. It really is the "Last Frontier" state, a remote place where plumbing isn't a given and people fend for themselves in extreme conditions. Alaska is no mecca for single ladies, though.
Instead of gawking at the ratio, we should be talking about ending the violence.