If it takes two people to make a marriage work, then it takes five numbers to keep it on track, according to , who recently explored whether location and matrimony coincide.
Using data from the U.S. Census, Movoto honed in on the zip codes boasting the most marriages, and while every couple has their own secret and every divorced one has their own cautionary tale, outside influences (in this case, where a couple lives) could play a significant role as well.
To determine which cities ranked highest, the real estate site pulled data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey from 2009 to 2013 and marital status counts for anyone age 15 and older across 32,655 zip codes. From there, they created an algorithm based on the following criteria:
Not-married people (the lower the better)
Married people (the higher the better)
Separated people (the lower the better)
Widowed people (the lower the better)
Divorced people (the lower the better)
Here's which 10 locales had the highest marriage rates (and, presumably, your greatest chance at true love). Check out the full list of 50 over at .
Tarawar Terrace, a suburb of Jackson, NC, took the top spot with the highest percentage of married people at 92.9 percent. They also have zero divorces, according to the data Movoto pulled. But as the notes, the area is chock full of military families — it's the largest enlisted community in Jacksonville — which means turnover could be higher than other neighborhoods, skewing the data set a bit.
Movoto had already included this suburb of Des Moines in their top 10 list of safest places in Iowa. Clearly, when you put safety first, successful marriages follow.
We can only guess what makes a zip code conducive to marriage, but when it comes to feeling young and alive, there's nothing better than an average temperature of 76 degrees and a cool ocean breeze to keep the tempers at bay.
Cedar Rapids was given the slogan "city of five seasons" by advertising executives trying to capitalize on the city's beautiful views of the Midwestern landscape.
And according to the town's , the commuting time in Cedar Rapids is much shorter than other large cities across the country, thereby providing time to take in those gorgeous views and cutting down on the time spent in a car, grating on your significant other's nerves.
Of Littleton's 9,821 residents, 76.73 percent are still married. While there's no exact explanation as to why this town has such high marriage scores, you can't discount the fact that this state was the first to legalize marijuana, and maybe, just maybe, it's helped keep so many budding romances alive.
Located just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, this zip code has the highest population of the group with 19,366 residents. With so many stunning landscapes to take in and access to the awe inspiring Grand Rapids river, the connection between nature and emotional well-being may play a role.
An article on the link between well-being and nature published by the found that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress, and increases pleasant feelings, which make for a happy relationship, no doubt.
According to the town's , Galena still has structures standing from the 1820's along with an active pub and restaurant life. It's hard to tell if the marriage rate is so good here because of the access to bars or because they're still adhering to the marital codes of 1820.
Not only is this town located in Kansas' second biggest city, but it's the home of Sprint Telecommunications' headquarters. According to its , the town has received national awards for its quality of life, education system, public safety, low taxes, and healthy economy.
One can't help but wonder, however, if it's all the good cell phone reception helping couples communicate at their best.
With the lowest population on Movoto's top 10 list, this zip has only 5,005 residents. There's room for investigation here, as the reason for Carver's high marriage rate could be the effect of a tight-knit neighborhood. Research has indeed shown that marriage is .
Located only five miles from the number 8 spot, Overland Park, Lenexa has us thinking that Kansas might be a good place to pack up and move after the honeymoon.