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News to Me: Cities to Settle Down In

Yesterday revealed its newest study looking at the best US cities for couples looking for longevity and stability. And not just any couples, but specifically couples that live together without being married. As many of us are taking more time to get to the altar or deciding to forgo the trip altogether, it's no surprise that this group of people is growing every year. Apparently researchers had to follow a very specific methodology in order to examine this particular demographic. The article writes:

We selected the country's largest 40 metropolitan areas and collected data on marriage and divorce rates for the 20- to 34-year-olds that live there, the affordability of a starter home there, the area's income disparity, and the availability of family counseling.

To check out the cities that made the top twenty,

  1. Dallas, Texas
  2. Houston, Texas
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Kansas City, Missouri
  7. San Antonio, Texas
  8. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  10. Sacramento, California
  11. Phoenix, Arizona
  12. Atlanta, Georgia
  13. Los Angeles, California
  14. Las Vegas, Nevada
  15. Buffalo, New York
  16. Salt Lake City, Utah
  17. San Diego, California
  18. Columbus, Ohio
  19. Jacksonville, Florida
  20. San Francisco, California

It's good to know San Francisco is on the list, but I'm thinking a move to Denver might be in order since it was top of the list for
America's sexiest cities, too — a stable relationship and a lot of sex doesn't sound half bad! Are you surprised by any of these? Does your city rank?


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lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
hmm interesting, I am looking at where to take the bar and trying to figure out what's a good 2nd place. this is interesting!
gigill gigill 9 years
3 & 4 are my fave cities in the States.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Yah Virginia Beach! That's my city!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
What? Where's Chicago??
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
elmendoa elmendoa 9 years
love denver :) great city
caryatid caryatid 9 years
good things to keep in mind for grad school applications... i'm definitely pushing for austin, such an amazing city!
jill37 jill37 9 years
My boyfriend are moving in together in San Francisco soon, so this definitely caught my attention.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
i miss my hometown... Pittsburgh. *sigh*
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Are they serious Jacksonville? I wouldnt move there if the whole world was in nuclear fallout and there was a gigantic eco bubble around it keeping you safe inside.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Awww Chicago didnt make the cut :( Oh well, i'm still settling here, its where my and my boyfriends heart's are :)
nancita nancita 9 years
I can't believe San Francisco made any list that takes affordable housing into consideration.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
My city is number 8.
stbhms4243 stbhms4243 9 years
San Diego!!! I love it here, although, I don't know if I agree with how affordable any of the homes are here. But, I never want to leave here. Too beautiful!!!
Eternity Eternity 9 years
I can tell you first hand that Minneapolis is not a good place to cohabitate unless you REALLY like eating and watching TV, because there is not much else to do and the winters are brutal. I would never recommend moving there to anyone.
Meike Meike 9 years
Las Vegas is there, hehe. Interesting. But, nah, I'd rather settle in a town near Frankfurt in Germany.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
My state is represented!
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
LA aaaaand SanDiego....sweet!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
WOW. My city is on that list! Jacksonville, FL! I'v been living in sin here as well! :P
fadedblue fadedblue 9 years
nice, san diego made the list. my boyfriend is currently working and living there and i'm thinking about moving out there to work and be with him. this gives me a little more incentive =).
sugarsister sugarsister 9 years
LA all the way
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I live is Chicago and so far Its crap! What's ironic about your posting this is that fact that I was in high school and wanted to move to california. I didn't know where to move to in Cali, but now I know. THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I am sorry but I could never settle down in the States! I lvoe my country WAY too much!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
Wow, lots of Texas up there, including my hometown!
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
Yea Minneapolis!!!
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