The data showed that after almost a decade in this city, I knew little about the people in it
Needless to say, it took me nearly 30 minutes just to find the first guy I could cautiously classify as "normal."
But I did eventually gather some pretty valuable insight into what guys from each neighborhood were like. And I discovered, after swiping across hundreds of profiles, that I could not have been more wrong about the demographics of Seattle. The profiles of the men I found on Tinder belied a city I thought I knew so well.
The neighborhoods I thought were my favorites held the least-desirable men
I've spent the better part of a decade desperately wanting to call the Ballard neighborhood home. That's mostly because of its main drag, which reminds me a lot of Austin's Sixth Street; and I love the dozens of cafes to work from.
But I ended up crossing this neighborhood off the list because of the annoyingly high number of outdoor photos in dudes' profiles. This choice in imagery reminded me of the snowboard guys I swipe left on all the time. I can't help but figure their hiking/camping/boating adventures will be a priority over me. Also, the area lacked diversity. I found the second-least amount of ethnicity in Ballard, second only to Greenlake.