Love is a grand thing that everybody seeks. In fact, some continue to seek love even if they are in a committed relationship.
Love affairs are more common than most people would think, based on the married-dating site Ashley Madison. Currently, the website has 16.9 million (and growing) U.S. members who are seeking discreet extramarital affairs.
They have recently conducted a study to determine which U.S. cities are home to the most love affairs. And let us remind you – adultery is still illegal in 23 states and can be considered as highly offensive within most monogamous relationships.
But, without further ado, here are the 5 cities with the most love affairs in the United States. If you’re living in one of these cities, better check what your partner has been up to!
Boston is one of the top three cities where cheating spouses is an everyday thing. This is despite the fact that Massachusetts has a law against adultery that can lead to 3 years in jail and charge as high as $500. The law against adultery is seldom enforced for offenders. If we were to look for a reason, wealth may contribute to Boston’s infidelity ranking. The state has 1 in every 10 area household earning more than $200,000. Some experts say cheaters, being successful in their professional life, have the extra confidence to take risks in their personal life such as extramarital affairs.
4. NEW YORK
For a city that never sleeps, there is a lot of sleeping around happening. Similar to Boston, New York has laws against adultery and has households earning more than the average American. There are around 268,200 Ashley Madison accounts living in New York City. Imagine the fast-paced, influential hub of art, fashion and finance also being a hub of love affairs.
3. LAS VEGAS
This may not come as a surprise that Las Vegas made it to the list. It definitely justified its nickname “Sin City” having the highest number of Ashley Madison hook ups. More than the number of members, the city is a favorite destination for members to have their love affairs. If you’re going to gamble on your current relationship, might as well do it in a place where gambling happens day in and day out.
Austin, the live music capital of the world, has the highest percentage of Ashley Madison members in relation to its population. There are around 70,000 registered members which is 5.6% of the total population in Austin. Adultery is not illegal in Texas, but can be filed in court for damages by the affected spouse. It seems aside from live music, Austin also has cheating hearts. It has been constantly in the top 5 most adulterous cities for the past three years now.
Washington is no stranger to broken promises and backroom deals. But these things do not only happen in the White House or the United States Congress. Ashley Madison identified the city as the nation’s capital of infidelity. This year is not the only time Washington took the top spot. It topped the charts back in 2011 and 2012. This must be the reason why television shows like Scandal started back in 2012 and continue to have high ratings today.