It sucks to live in North Dakota
There’s an article in today’s NY Times about the woman shortage in the oil areas of North Dakota.
Christina Knapp and a friend were drinking shots at a bar in a nearby town several weeks ago when a table of about five men called them over and made an offer.
They would pay the women $3,000 to strip naked and serve them beer at their house while they watched mixed martial arts fights on television. Ms. Knapp, 22, declined, but the men kept raising the offer, reaching $7,000.
It has been suggested by some commenters that working the oil fields is a good way for young men to earn money for college, but if they are going to blow the money like that, then the whole endeavor winds up being a big waste.
Ironically, even women don’t’ want to live around so many men:
At the urging of her family, Barbara Coughlin, 31, who recently moved to Williston after her 11-year marriage ended, is now getting her concealed weapons permit so she can carry a Taser. Ms. Coughlin, who wore silver glitter around her eyes at work as a waitress on a recent day, said her mother and stepfather, who live here, advised her to stop wearing the skirts and heels she cherishes, so she does not stand out like “a flower in the desert,” as her stepfather put it. Her family hardly ever lets her go out on her own — not even for walks down the gravel road at the housing camp where they live.
“Will I stay for very long? Probably not,” she said. “To me, there’s no money in the world worth not even being able to take a walk.”
Business is good for nude dancers, but regular women of good morals want out.
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The accompanying map shows the best and worst states for young single men who want to meet women. Massachusetts wins. The northeast is the most young-man-friendly region. The northern interior west is the region to avoid.