If you live in California, the chances of marrying someone in Nevada is 3.91 times more likely than exchanging wedding vows in any other state, according to a TIME analysis.
The study based its findings on 116 million marriages to find out which states are compatible with each other in terms of tying the knot. People in California are also likely to marry someone from Oregon and Arizona.
California’s proximity to Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona may be a major factor behind the compatibility analysis. It still makes senses that you will decide to marry someone who lives in the same state as you do, yet many Americans have chosen to marry regionally, according to the study.
Texans are more comfortable marrying someone in Louisiana with an interstate marriage rate of 4.14 times the national average. But the Lone Star State has more total marriages from those in California, as the latter is a huge region. Pacers Showgirls International notes that it may not be surprising if engaged men in California head to a gentlemen’s club in San Diego or Los Angeles to throw a bachelor party before going to Texas to tie the knot.
It seems knowing the marriage compatibility of each state may do little to encourage more weddings. On the other hand, being aware of how much it costs to be divorced could lead more people to stay married.
According to Martindale Nolo Research’s 2015 divorce study, the cost of divorce in California is the most expensive in the U.S. You will need to pay $17,500 on average for dissolution of marriage, including $13,800 for the average attorney’s fee and $435 for the court filing fee.
Compatibility remains relevant in your decision to exchange vows with someone. Do you see yourself marrying a person from another state in the future?