The District once again lives up to its TV drama-concocted reputation.
The city topped a list ranking the country’s most adulterous cities for the third year in a row. The dubious title comes courtesy of Ashleymadison.com, a dating Web site for married people looking for extramarital affairs, which culled through its membership data to determine which cities have the most members per capita.
Ashley Madison claims to have more than 59,000 people registered on the site with a D.C. Zip code. (Note: This does include people who register for the site while visiting D.C. using a city Zip code.)
And the neighborhood with the most cheaters? Capitol Hill, the land of politicians, staffers and lobbyists.
The dating Web site says 10.4 percent of Capitol Hill residents are registered on the Web site. Tenleytown and Takoma Park finished second and third, respectively. With the exception of Capitol Hill, all of the top 10 D.C. neighborhoods are in the Northwest portion of the city, with the majority of the neighborhoods in affluent upper Northwest.
Membership to the Web site is free for women and costs men $49 for 100 credits on the site. Those credits are then used as currency to do things on the site like send a custom mail-message, initiate a chat session, send a priority message, and send virtual gifts.
Back in 2012, Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, told The Wahington Post that he saw a correlation between much of the professional success on Capitol Hill and adultery.
“First, most people who achieve a level of success do so from taking professional risks that for the most part pay off, and this underlying personality trait may then lead these individuals to take personal risks, as well,” he said at the time. “Second, cheating is directly correlated to opportunity. The more successful you are the more you tend to travel for work and pleasure, and more often removed from your family, interacting with individuals with whom commonalities surface.”
Nationwide, Pittsburgh and Austin finished second and third on the list of cheaters.
Here are the 10 cities with the highest rate of membership on the site:
1. Washington, D.C.
4. New York
6. Los Angeles
7. Las Vegas
8. New Orleans
10. San Diego