Triangle named sixth best U.S. city for happy marriages
According to the 2012 RealAge Report, Raleigh-Durham ranks No. 6 in the country for happy marriages.
According to its published article, "Love is in the air in the Carolinas, with Raleigh-Durham also making our list of best cities for happily married couples. The area's vibrant academic spirit (it's home to Duke University) and high employment level provide a solid backdrop for a good marriage. Seeing eye to eye on financial issues - a leading cause of marital stress and divorce - can go a long way toward avoiding marriage troubles."
According to the 2012 RealAge Report, the happiest marriages in American hail from these top 10 cities:
1. Salt Lake City
2. Greenville, S.C.
3. Knoxville, Tenn.
7. Hartford, Conn.
8. Kansas City, Mo.
9. Grand Rapids, Mich.
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
"A happy marriage is a key factor in influencing RealAge, or your body's individual health age," says Dr. Mike Roizen, founder of RealAge and The RealAge Test and chief wellness officer of The Cleveland Clinic.
"Happily married men and women enjoy better overall health and are less depressed and anxious than single, divorced, or widowed Americans," he adds. "And a happy marriage is even more important for men, which helps explain why insurance premiums are higher for a divorced or single man. Happily married people encourage healthy behaviors like eating well and discourage unhealthy activities like smoking."
Marriage is one of the 22 individual factors used to rank the youngest and oldest metro areas in the country revealed in the 2012 RealAge Report, an analysis of the 2011 regional data generated by the patented RealAge Test. RealAge.com's landmark online assessment has been taken by more than 29 million people since its inception in 1998.
To learn more about the rankings, visit www.realage.com.