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The Geography of Romance

How where you live affects your love life

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  • Of course, country living might work if you're already coupled, but it's kryptonite for single ladies. It also could be dangerous for people like my boyfriend and I, who would feel the strain of fewer options in terms of friends, entertainment and, most especially, jobs.

    In Kentucky, a largely rural state, where 50 percent of women are married by the age of 25, there exists the highest rate of Frequent Mental Distress (FMD) in the United States—14.4 percent to Hawaii's 9.4 percent—according to a 2003–06 study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Where jobs are scarce, the economy is depressed, and novel activities (a must for long-term relationships) are limited, people still may get married, but these marriages might not be happy ones.

    The best option if you are single and want to move somewhere rustic with tons of available men is to move to Anchorage, Alaska. (Some things never change.) According to the most recent U.S. Census, Alaska is the only state where men outnumber women; in Anchorage, for example, there are 167 single men for every 100 single ladies. And those men are doing better, economically speaking, than most of the other men in America. The median household income in Alaska is almost $15,000 more than the national average.

The Geography of Romance
How where you live affects your love life
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