Do you know a potential cheater? Odds are that if you live in one of the cities below, you do. At least, you probably know someone who created an account on Ashley Madison, or had an account set up in their name by a friend or colleague.
There were over 32 million accounts created on Ashley Madison, and the going consensus is that almost all of them were created by men.
After analyzing every single city in the nation, these are the top cities with Ashley Madison accounts:
- Boston, MA
- Schenectady, NY
- New York City, NY
- Washington, DC
- Arlington, VA
- Roanoke, VA
- Irvine, CA
- Tempe, AZ
- Alpharetta, GA
- Buffalo, NY
Many of these are wealthier cities with larger populations of professional men. Which means, in theory, they have a high number of people looking to discreetly hook up with a woman.
Read on below to see where your town ranked. We also have a chart at the bottom that has the top 250 cities in the nation on it.
Edit: We also have a city by city chart for some states. Those are listed at the bottom of this, too.
How We Determined The Cheaters of America
Want to know who is attempting to cheat? Go directly to the source of people actively trying to cheat — Ashley Madison users.
We used the Ashley Madison database to count how many accounts were created in each zip code. We are saying “accounts” and not “people” because it is possible to create dummy accounts assigned to a city or to have multiple accounts. However, we believe the number of accounts to be a solid proxy for the number of people trying to cheat.
We then matched each zip code to its corresponding city. If a zip code falls into more than one city, the accounts registered in that zip code were applied to each city.
Finally, we used an estimate for the population of the zip codes to identify the number of cheaters per capita.
After identifying the number of cheaters per capita in a city, we ranked each place from highest number of cheaters per capita to lowest. The place with the most cheaters per capita “earned” the title of cheating central of America.
1. Boston, MA
Percentage of city potentially cheating: 17.6%
Wow, Boston men. Sounds like you’ve been pretty busy attempting to see what all the fuss was about on a site that specializes in helping you cheat on your wives.
Boston is actually one of the poorest cities of the 250 most population; residents average about $53K a year. So in this case, it wasn’t about wealthy men attempting to skirt around their familial duties.
The divorce rate is 7.8% in Boston, which is just about double the national average. But not the highest of cities on this list by any stretch.
2. Schenectady, NY
Percentage potentially cheating: 16.9%
Schenectady is an interesting situation, data wise. It’s a very blue collar place (not wealthy by any stretch), where there are a much higher percentage of women in the city than men.
In any event, you might be surprised to hear that there were more than 20,000 accounts created here. Yes, in a middle-of-nowhere city in Upstate New York.
The divorce rate in Schenectady is higher than 10%, and the unemployment rate is very high at 7.1%. Sometimes, cheating spouses do so because they’re depressed.
3. New York City
Percentage potentially cheating: 15.1%
No one is surprised that there were a high number of potential cheaters in New York City. You have a ton of rich, successful men who work and live here.
The percentage of New York City residents that’s married is 39%, which is far lower than the national average. The percent that’s divorced is 8%, which is far higher than the national average.
4. Washington, D.C.
Percentage potentially cheating: 13.1%
Is there really a surprise that the nation’s capital has one of the highest numbers of cheating men in the nation? More than 50,000 accounts had Washington, D.C. addresses attributed to them.
The divorce rate for men in D.C. is at about 7%, which isn’t too far above average.
5. Arlington, VA
Percentage potentially cheating: 9.3%
Arlington is a very wealthy and privileged suburb of Washington, D.C. where 8% of the population is already divorced, and where it sounds like a lot of the population shouldn’t have been married in the first place.
There were a total of 15,500 Ashley Madison accounts created using an address from Arlington.
6. Roanoke, VA
Percentage potentially cheating: 8.9%
What’s the deal with the number of cheaters in this part of the country? And, on the east coast in general?
Roanoke is a very blue collar town with a staggeringly high 13% divorce rate. And you can bet that number will continue to stay high, as long as husbands are creating Ashley Madison accounts. (Which is still up and running, by the way.)
7. Irvine, CA
Percentage potentially cheating: 8.7%
Irvine can make a claim that it’s the king of west coast cheaters. Surprisingly, it’s the only city from California in the top 10. (Pasadena isn’t too far behind).
Irvine is an upper-middle class place in Orange County where people are highly educated, and where homes are far overpriced. The divorce rate is already inching towards 9% here.
8. Tempe, AZ
Percentage potentially cheating: 8.6%
Tempe is a major college town in Arizona, so several of the 10,000 or so accounts created from Tempe may have been from obnoxiously nosy frat kids. But still, this middle class town already has a 10% divorce rate as it is.
Perhaps, based on the percent of the population that’s already looking to cheat, it’s a good thing that only 35% of the population is currently married.
9. Alpharetta, GA
Percentage potentially cheating: 8.4%
Most of the residents of Alpharetta are white, successful, smart, rich working professionals who work in Atlanta.
There are a lot of married people in Alpharetta, and 10% of the population is divorced. There were a total of 11,357 accounts registered with an Alpharetta zip code.
10. Buffalo, NY
Percentage potentially cheating: 8.4%
There were more than 35,000 accounts registered with a Buffalo address on Ashley Madison. And Buffalo is far from a wealthy, successful town. Most of the population is very blue collar.
Perhaps it’s just a matter of family values on the east coast. Consider this: The midwest and upper midwest don’t have a city high on this list until you get to Lansing, Michigan (18th).
There You Have It
If you’re measuring the locations in the United States where there are a high number of Ashley Madison accounts registered per capita, and we can assume that people registering on the site are exploring the idea to cheat, then this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least cheating cities in America. Or the most faithful, if you will:
- Brownsville, TX (2.5% cheaters)
- Laredo TX (2.9& cheaters)
- Hyattsville, MD (3.2% cheaters)
- Salinas, CA (3.3% cheaters)
- Garden Grove, CA (3.4% cheaters)
Mobile users: Click here to look at the entire spreadsheet with the worst cheating 250 cities in America. The chart is below.
Here are the states where we have city by city breakdowns loaded so far. You can get every city in each state in the charts on the following pages:
We also wrote about the worst places to live in America if you didn’t happen to see it. Click here to read it.
|City||% with accounts||Rank|
|New York, NY||15.15%||3|
|Los Angeles, CA||7.74%||16|
|Boca Raton, FL||7.47%||21|
|Huntington Beach, CA||7.36%||24|
|New Orleans, LA||7.01%||31|
|San Diego, CA||6.98%||32|
|Rancho Cucamonga, CA||6.93%||35|
|Virginia Beach, VA||6.82%||36|
|Kansas City, MO||6.64%||43|
|Colorado Springs, CO||6.62%||44|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL||6.58%||46|
|Fort Worth, TX||6.51%||49|
|Long Beach, CA||6.48%||51|
|Overland Park, KS||6.47%||52|
|Salt Lake City, UT||6.45%||55|
|Little Rock, AR||6.45%||56|
|Des Moines, IA||6.30%||63|
|San Francisco, CA||6.21%||68|
|North Hollywood, CA||6.19%||71|
|Oklahoma City, OK||6.13%||76|
|San Antonio, TX||5.77%||100|
|Grand Rapids, MI||5.73%||103|
|Jersey City, NJ||5.72%||104|
|Staten Island, NY||5.69%||109|
|Las Vegas, NV||5.68%||110|
|Pompano Beach, FL||5.63%||117|
|Baton Rouge, LA||5.63%||118|
|Fort Collins, CO||5.54%||127|
|Fort Myers, FL||5.53%||128|
|Van Nuys, CA||5.40%||137|
|Newport News, VA||5.39%||138|
|West Palm Beach, FL||5.36%||141|
|Corpus Christi, TX||5.26%||153|
|South Bend, IN||5.24%||154|
|El Paso, TX||5.08%||165|
|Saint Charles, MO||5.06%||168|
|Grand Prairie, TX||5.04%||169|
|San Bernardino, CA||5.02%||171|
|Moreno Valley, CA||4.99%||175|
|Saint Louis, MO||4.99%||176|
|Cape Coral, FL||4.88%||183|
|Sioux Falls, SD||4.87%||185|
|Saint Petersburg, FL||4.86%||186|
|Winston Salem, NC||4.83%||190|
|Fort Wayne, IN||4.81%||191|
|Chula Vista, CA||4.78%||199|
|Saint Paul, MN||4.72%||202|
|El Cajon, CA||4.71%||203|
|San Jose, CA||4.66%||208|
|Santa Rosa, CA||4.62%||209|
|Port Saint Lucie, FL||4.61%||211|
|North Las Vegas, NV||4.53%||214|
|Green Bay, WI||4.46%||216|
|Boynton Beach, FL||4.37%||224|
|Sugar Land, TX||4.36%||227|
|Lake Worth, FL||4.24%||231|
|Silver Spring, MD||4.10%||235|
|Elk Grove, CA||3.89%||239|
|Santa Ana, CA||3.78%||240|
|Garden Grove, CA||3.45%||246|