Jan Risher -

I read a piece this weekend that listed the top 10 cities for happy marriages. Now, I have no idea how they measured wedded bliss among the masses, but apparently Salt Lake City is the go-to spot for your best geographic odds on delightful and long-lasting nuptials.


I was curious to the rest of the top 9:

2. Greenville, S.C.

3. Knoxville, Tenn.

4. Cincinnati, Ohio

5. Charlotte, N.C.

6. Raleigh and Durham, N.C.

7. Hartford, Conn.

8. Kansas City, Mo.

9. Grand Rapids, Mich.

10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.


It’s worth noting that there’s not a Louisiana reference in the bunch. For that matter, there’s not a reference to a single city in a state that even borders Louisiana. I think the heat may have something to do with it. It’s harder to get along when you’re hot (as in temperature hot).


The article and list of cities prompted a variety of questions for me:

What could make those cities have happier marriages? (If, in fact, they really do.)


Does contentment breed contentment?


Does cultural homogeny make it easier for a community to get along?


If you ranked Louisiana cities for happy marriages, where would Lafayette and the rest of Acadiana rank?