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Raleigh-Durham ranked among top cities for happy marriages

Posted June 18, 2012
Updated June 19, 2012

— The health and wellness website RealAge has ranked Raleigh-Durham No. 6 among its 10 best cities for a happy marriage.

"The area's vibrant, academic spirit 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," it wrote.

Charlotte ranked No. 5 on the list. Greenville, S.C., ranked No. 2, and Salt Lake City took the top spot.

Other cities include Knoxville, Tenn., No. 3; Cincinnati, No. 4; Hartford, Conn., No. 7; Kansas City, Mo., No. 8; Grand Rapids, Mich., No. 9; and Minneapolis-St. Paul, No. 10.


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  • shortcake53 Jun 19, 2012

    amen NCgirl only marriage for both of us, kids came 5/6 years later. Now with grandkids. It CAN be done and very happily.

  • NCgirl87 Jun 19, 2012

    aw congrats shortcake53!! my parents are still married going on 34 years!! i too am married with 2 babies (same daddy and we were married when they came into the picture). married my middle school sweetheart and havent been with anyone else neither has he. IT IS possible to work things out and keep the spark going as long as you both keep trying and dont give up!! :)

  • shortcake53 Jun 19, 2012

    wow, I feel sorry for you other posters.

  • gizmo76 Jun 18, 2012

    The RDU area is a location of recycled husbands and wives. Interesting everyone I know here as been divorced at least once and everyone is at least one person removed from their ex. I guess they didn't ask the right folks.

  • shortcake53 Jun 18, 2012

    39 years so far and going strong......

  • jjsmith1973 Jun 18, 2012

    Good thing they didn't poll anyone on this matter. I would disagree with this entirely

  • doggypoos Jun 18, 2012

    Guess they didn't get to interview me huh. I'd give them an earful.

  • 426X3 Jun 18, 2012

    You are kidding right?

  • storchheim Jun 18, 2012

    "High employment"?

    Oh wait, I get it. They're talking about arranged marriages.

  • jackjones2nc Jun 18, 2012

    Website is an info-mercial? Wow.