Wandsworth borough has 33 per cent more women in their 20s than males

Single men…move to Wandsworth! London borough has 33 per cent more women in their 20s than males – the highest ratio in the country

  • ONS figures show Wandsworth borough has highest ratio of women in their 20s
  • Only 12 London areas such as Islington and Lambeth have more female residents
  • There are however 19% more twenty-something men in Brent and Westminster

Single men could have better luck finding a partner in one south London borough than anywhere else in the country.

This is because Wandsworth has 33 per cent more women in their 20s than males – the highest ratio in Britain.

The riverside town and neighbouring borough Lambeth are among the most gender-skewed areas in the country towards women, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the area’s 61,373 twenty-somethings, 35,015 are female, and only 26,358 male. 

Single men could have better luck finding a partner in Wandsworth than anywhere else in the country. The south London borough has 33 per cent more women in their 20s than males – the highest ratio in Britain

Lambeth has a smaller but still significant disparity of 19 per cent, while Hackney in east London has a 10 per cent difference. 

Outside of the capital only the Isles of Scilly comes close with 28 per cent more women in their 20s – although there are only 145 of them on the Cornish islands.

There may be several reasons why Wandsworth has proven such a popular spot for women to live.

‘I think boys are happier to live in a s***hole,’ singleton Charlotte Chapman, 23, told The Times. ‘The quality of housing here is much better than in other parts of London.’

Riverside Wandsworth and neighbouring borough Lambeth are among the most gender-skewed areas in the country towards women, ac cording to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Pictured: Apartments at Battersea Power Station

Another single women agreed, saying while Wandsworth felt more ‘villagey’, men were more likely to factor in proximity to work and the pub which meant they were less likely to live in the predominantly residential area. 

The area also has one of the lowest crime rates in inner London.

‘It’s really friendly here — you feel safe, it’s quite a family area,’ said Beth McCloskey, 30, a research scientist from Putney. 

The town’s streets are no stranger to romance either, with Hugh Grant famously knocking on doors as the Prime Minister in 2003’s Love Actually trying to find his love interest Natalie who had told him she lived in the ‘dodgy end’ of Wandsworth. 

The town’s streets are no stranger to romance either, with Hugh Grant famously knocking on doors as the Prime Minister in 2003’s Love Actually trying to find his love interest Natalie

The ‘dodgy’ part may no longer be true, as the area is home to one of the country’s largest regeneration projects around Battersea Power Station, with plenty of studio flats and smaller apartments available not far from the town’s luscious park and nightlife.

According to Danny Dorling, professor of geography at the University of Oxford, we are seeing internal migration at work.

‘More girls go to university than boys; more graduates migrate to London; so Wandsworth ends up with that 33 per cent difference,’ he said.

Lambeth has a smaller but still significant disparity of 19 per cent, while Hackney in east London (pictured) has a 10 per cent majority of women 

One off-putting factor may however be the cost of living in the area. Property prices in Wandsworth have soared by over £15,000 during the pandemic to £626,064, and it is now the city’s eighth most expensive borough.

Boroughs men may wish to avoid include Brent and Westminster, where there is a 19 per cent male majority among 20 to 30 year olds. There are also male dominant proportions in Newham (18.5 per cent), and Hillingdon (14.5 per cent)

Outside of London, women in their 20s have notable majorities in several Scottish cities, such as Edinburgh (16 per cent), and Dundee and Stirling (both 5 per cent).

According to the ONS data from 2021, Corby had an exactly equal proportion of twenty-somethings, with 4,088 of each sex. 

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