For those of you in a relationship here in the hub, it was unsettling enough to hear that Boston ranks 7th best city in the nation for cheating, according to Ashley Madison, a dating website that facilitates adultery. But now, in a new release, Ashley Madison has segmented the cheaters by neighborhood, with the most cheaters coming from the Back Bay.
The data on cheaters by neighborhood was compiled from Ashley Madison’s Boston-based subscribers, and analyzes which neighborhoods have the highest per-capita membership.
Now, don’t go running to your boo demanding an explanation for why he got home so late last night. Ashley Madison boasts 165,000 users in Boston, which is only about 26 percent of the city’s total population of 617,594 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Let’s just play it safe and assume your lover boy is in the 74 percent not registered for the cheating site…Well, maybe check his internet history, just in case.
I’m certainly not surprised that Back Bay and Beacon Hill top the list — mo’ money, mo’ problems, right? Some other surprising statics: Roslindale has highest percentage of female Ashley Madison members in Boston at 36 percent, while Charlestown has the lowest percentage of female members, only 26 percent. Most hilariously, the hipsters out in Allston are getting feisty: It’s the neighborhood with the most single users seeking married men.
According to Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman, “Who you are is strongly related to where you live. Each neighborhood has a personality and the people who live there tend to identify strongly with that. The question everyone is asking is does the community impact the people within it, or are certain personality types drawn to those areas?”
I’d venture to say yes.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 cheating neighborhoods in Boston, per capita. Do you know where your honey was last night?
1. Back Bay
2. Beacon Hill
4. South Boston
8. West Roxbury
9. Hyde Park