Sta­tis­ti­cal chance for love

NT News - - NT WEEKEND -

FOR some, dat­ing is a num­bers game.

We’ve all got a mate who plays this game, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally declar­ing their love for any­thing that moves un­til some­one (any­one!) re­cip­ro­cates.

Help­fully, the des­per­a­dos at the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics put to­gether a data set each year to help us all tip the odds in our favour, and maybe, just maybe pick up.

There must be some­thing to it, since the Com­mon­wealth’s of­fi­cial num­ber crunch­ers have been nam­ing the most male and most fe­male sub­urbs in the coun­try for more than a decade now.

Per­haps no­body needs to tip the odds in their favour more than statis­ti­cians from Can­berra. Dar­win — the boffins con­firm — is a sausage fest, es­pe­cially the Howard Springs sta­tis­ti­cal area, where blokes out­num­ber ladies more nearly three-to-one.

That fig­ure in­cludes lonely FIFO work­ers fondling them­selves to sleep in their sin­gle bed don­gas, as well as the wife bash­ers and drug ad­dicts in the clink at Holtze Prison, so you might be bet­ter off mak­ing your luck else­where.

If you’re af­ter a lady in your life, North­ern Sub­urbs of Tiwi and Leanyer are just about the only place in Dar­win where women out­num­ber men.

Who would have thought the Hibis­cus Shop­ping­town Wool­worths would be such a good place to push a trol­ley around for an hour or five in the hope of bump­ing into a new la­dyfriend?

ABS head statis­ti­cian David Kalisch with the 2016 Cen­sus — also known as a sin­gle per­son’s guide to find love

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