Do "Cheaters Never Win"?

Aug 27, 2022 at 07:19 am by WGNS


(TENNESSEE)  Remember the old chant kids would say?  "Cheaters never win, cheaters never win." The matchmaking platform has compiled a ranking of the most unfaithful cities in the US. The list of cities in the United States that are ranked as having a lot of unfaithful marriage’s may surprise you! 

ADVERTISEMENT ranked cities from 1, being the MOST unfaithful to 200, the most faithful. According to the dating site, Murfreesboro ranked higher than most cities, meaning Murfreesboro residents are more faithful than a lot of other areas. Murfreesboro received a score of 124 on the list. Depending on how you like to look at numbers, that means that Murfreesboro is the '76th most faithful city' out of the 200-cities ranked, or the '124th most unfaithful city.' Total opposite to Murfreesboro was nearby Nashville, TN. The Music City was ranked as being the 5th MOST unfaithful city in America. 

Dallas, Texas was listed at number 1 as the MOST unfaithful city in the U.S. for marriages. Fort Worth, Texas was ranked in the number 2 spot and Houston, Texas came in at number 3. St. Louis, Missouri received a score of 4, while Nashville was next on the list at number 5. 

Also in Tennessee, Memphis was ranked at number 14 on the list of unfaithful areas, Chattanooga received a 107 and Clarksville came in at number 95. The city known for their orange did not fair well on the list. Knoxville, TN was ranked as the 8th most unfaithful city, just 3-numbers higher than Nashville, TN. 

Their study compared 200 of the largest cities in the US across the following categories: relationship satisfaction, life satisfaction, cheating intent, and affair activities. In addition, they looked at data points like marriage rate, divorce rate, separation rate, number of cafes and bars, and how often people search for affair hookup websites on Google.

MORE - A Google study has compiled the most likely cities across the nation where you're likely to be a victim of cheating. 

A study of 22 metro areas placed Nashville at #5, Knoxville placed 8th and Memphis was #14. 

Amy Pritchett, Editor-in-Chief at, said, “Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we calculated something that we’ve dubbed the Infidelity Index for 200 major U.S. cities.” 

 “The study factored in the population’s relationship satisfaction by looking at marriage, divorce, and separation rates. In addition, the population’s life satisfaction by evaluating emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community.  We also looked at the number of venues to meet for an affair, and the volume of searches on Google for affair hookup websites was also considered for the rankings.”

“While most would assume that bigger cities probably produce more cheaters per capita, this data shows us what we were already aware of; cheaters are everywhere, and infidelity can happen anywhere - in large cities and small ones. 

It’s not singular to Florida, nor is it removed from quieter states like Pennsylvania or Arizona. And for what it’s worth, cheating comes in many forms and may look different for one person than it would for another. It can happen in marriages, emotionally, and just because of sudden circumstances…that have little to do with that person’s current relationship.”

The 10 most unfaithful cities in America are here: 

  1. Dallas, Texas 
  2. Fort Worth, Texas 
  3. Houston, Texas 
  4. Louis, Missouri 
  5. Nashville, Tennessee 
  6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  7. New York, New York 
  8. Knoxville, Tennessee 
  9. Atlanta, Georgia 
  10. Washington, District of Columbia

The 10 most faithful cities in America are here: 

  1. Pasadena, California 
  2. Torrance, California 
  3. Roseville, California 
  4. Visalia, California 
  5. Laredo, Texas 
  6. Montgomery, Alabama 
  7. Orange, California 
  8. West Valley City, Utah 
  9. McAllen, Texas 
  10. Syracuse, New York 

Why are people tempted to have an affair? Find some data points below for the Tennessee cities most likely to cheat: 

Nashville (#5 out of 200 cities for unfaithfulness) 

  • Marriage Rate: 48%
  • Divorce Rate: 12%
  • Separation Rate: 2%
  • Happiness Index: 49.00 (best = 100)
  • Google Search Interest for an Affair: 32.58 (highest = 36)

Knoxville (#8 out of 200 cities) 

  • Marriage Rate: 49%
  • Divorce Rate: 11%
  • Separation Rate: 3%
  • Happiness Index: 42.85 (best = 100)
  • Google Search Interest for an Affair: 30.69 (highest = 36)

Memphis (#14 out of 200 cities) 

  • Marriage Rate: 47%
  • Divorce Rate: 9%
  • Separation Rate: 2%
  • Google Search Interest for an Affair: 33.21 (highest = 36)

The good news is that there are also loyal cities in the state. These are the most faithful cities in Tennessee: 

Murfreesboro (Ranked as being the 76th most faithful city out of 200 cities - or #124 as being the most unfaithful city, depending on how you look at the numbers) 

  • Marriage Rate: 49% 
  • Divorce Rate: 12%
  • Separation Rate: 2%
  • Happiness Index: 53.99 (best = 100)
  • Google Search Interest for an Affair: 15.57 (highest = 36)

Chattanooga (#107 out of 200 cities) 

  • Marriage Rate: 47%
  • Divorce Rate: 9%
  • Separation Rate: 2%
  • Happiness Index: 53.99 (best = 100)
  • Google Search Interest for an Affair: 24.39 (highest = 36


* Marriage, separation, and divorce rate out of 1,000 people.

*Happiness Index: this metric measures emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community.

*Google search interest taken from Google Trends over the past 12 months (for searches around having an affair and affair hookup websites).

7 surprising signs your spouse might be cheating

  1. Changes in communication. A communication breakdown is never a positive sign. If you can't get your spouse to communicate (or even fight) with you, they no longer share their day with you, or the words "I love you" are no longer spoken, there's likely an underlying issue.
  2. Appearance and hobbies. Indeed, taking care of yourself and devoting yourself to new hobbies and passions or even your work can be positive. Still, when combined with other suspicious behaviors, the following changes may cause concern.
  3. Attitude changes. Your spouse may experience work stress or problems with other relationships that can lead to changes in attitude.
  4. Lying and avoidance. Dishonesty in a marriage is a red flag.
  5. When your spouse shows apathy or lack of interest in things they used to love, communicate with them to see if there is another reason for the change in engagement. But if you also suspect infidelity, these changes may further indicate an affair.
  6. Changes in your sex life. It is not uncommon for fluctuations in the frequency of sex in your marriage. But these signs may indicate the possibility of an affair.
  7. A change in technology use. Infidelity is often revealed online, in text messages, or in phone messages. These tech changes may warrant concern.


To determine the most unfaithful cities in the nation, compared 200 of the largest metro areas across four categories: 1) Relationship Satisfaction, 2) Life Satisfaction, 3) Cheating Intent, and 4) Affair Activities.

They then evaluated each area using nine data points of cheating friendliness. These data points included statistics such as the divorce rate, separation rate, number of cafes and bars, and how often people search for ‘Ashley Madison’ on Google (an online dating website for affairs).

You can find the most unfaithful cities in the US study here is a US dating website.

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