The top 20 markets where love lasts in America

February 9, 2015 by Gina Thelemann in Articles 

Break out the champagne, call your local florist and turn up the lite rock—Valentine's Day approaches! For this week's infographic, we decided to look at rates of marriage, separation and divorce to determine where love seems to last in America.


We looked at combined markets where the balance of population is between the ages of 25 and 59 (which protected against skewed results from college towns and retirement communities). Next, we sorted this list to find the markets with the lowest numbers of citizens who have been married, and then separated/divorced.

This is a no judgment zone

We don't claim this to be a perfect model, as many people across America elect to stay unmarried or are not legally allowed to marry—and plenty more are happier once they have separated or divorced. Still, we hope you'll have a bit of fun with us as we open a box of overpriced truffles, turn up our Foreigner playlist and check out where love lasts in America.

Top 20 Markets Where Love Lasts

Market Name State(s) Population % of Divorced or Separated Residents
Holland-Grand Haven Michigan 264,835 8.57%
Lancaster Pennsylvania 519,913 9.51%
Fargo North Dakota/Minnesota 209,177 9.58%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara California 1,843,860 9.82%
Ann Arbor Michigan 346,010 9.92%
Champaign-Urbana Illinois 231,655 9.94%
Honolulu Hawaii 955,215 10.10%
Trenton-Ewing New Jersey 366,442 10.11%
Appleton Wisconsin 225,737 10.41%
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania 18,923,404 10.44%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Connecticut 918,892 10.56%
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Massachusetts-New Hampshire 4,563,673 10.67%
Madison Wisconsin 570,687 10.73%
Lafayette Indiana 202,238 10.75%
Green Bay Wisconsin 306,758 10.82%
Salinas California 416,199 10.83%
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown New York 670,242 10.83%
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Illinois-Wisconsin-Indiana 9,460,763 10.87%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Texas 774,820 10.91%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland 5,967,349 10.99%

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