Rio: Women Outnumber Men on the Beaches of String Bikinis

I recently moved back to Portland, and when I met one of my neighbors last weekend we got to talking about traveling, politics, etc. When he mentioned that he had a subscription to the Economist my face lit up in a nerdy way and we talked about sharing it. He pulled through, and on Friday afternoon he brought over last week’s edition which had a great little, not so nerdy, tidbit in it: the female to male ratio in Brazil.

If there ever was a place for single males to visit it’s the Brazilian beaches of Rio: for every 100 ladies in the city there are a mere 86.4 males. Strangely enough, the average ratio for other major Brazilian cities is 95 males to 100 females. So, why the big difference on the flashy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana?

Three factors have turned the city into hottie heaven: a decrease in birthrate (many women have chosen sterilization as their preferred method of birth control), women moving away from rural areas and into urban ones where job opportunities are more abundant, and lastly, deadly violence which in Rio affects a mostly male population.

In plain English, the beaches of Rio are running wild with women. So if you are in search for a skin-baring Spring Break option on a top-notch stretch of sand, I think you’ve found it. If you are a woman however, be prepared to fight for your vacation fling. Unless, as the Economist points out, many of those women are really your grandmother’s age. Better check it out to make sure.

And for those not lucky enough to have a neighbor as nice as mine, you can access the article online without a subscription.