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Jersey City is known for its gorgeous wedding venues with amazing skyline views, glamour and top-notch catering. Now, according to a new study from LawnStarter, Jersey City isn’t just a great place to say “I do,” but couples there are also winning when it comes to marriage longevity.

Now that we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel regarding the pandemic, 2021 is sure to be a big wedding season as we begin to see family and friends again and resume celebrations.

LawnStarter ranked the “Best Cities to Get (and Stay) Married” by comparing the 150 biggest U.S. cities across 11 key indicators of nuptial success, from the rate of married households to the change in the divorce rate to the number of wedding venues in each city.

Jersey City came in at number 2 on the list (woot!) and we’re not surprised given the number of amazing venues including Maritime Parc and Liberty House that have brides-to-be swooning for a date.

Jersey City also ranked high for the biggest five-year decrease in divorce and separation rate (from 2014 to 2019) which means that many NJ couples are in it for the long haul. Jersey City also ranked high for the number of venues and event spaces per 100,000 residents (what can we say, we love good food and great views here!).

Newark also took a respectable place on the list, coming in at number 14 (tying with Fort Lauderdale, FL). We’ve said it before, Newark is a great place no matter your marital status.

Here are the top 10 places to get (and stay) married according to the study:

  1. Fremont, CA
  2. Jersey City, NJ
  3. Glendale, CA
  4. Arlington, VA
  5. Santa Ana, CA
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Honolulu, HI
  8. Santa Clarita, CA
  9. Washington, DC
  10. San Francisco, CA

If you’re noticing a trend for California, it’s true–the Golden State dominated the rankings. One theory is that a strong Catholic presence in cities like Fremont, CA can explain their marriage track records (and low rates of divorce).

On the other hand, several cities in Ohio including Toledo, Akron and Cleveland came in at the bottom of the list when it came to getting and staying hitched.

Click here to see the full list and find out how your favorite city ranked.\\

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