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Apple Valley, Minnetonka are Twin Cities hotbeds for cheating spouses

Ashley Madison has 26 million users and expects to bring in more than $120 million this year.
Ashley Madison has 26 million users and expects to bring in more than $120 million this year.

The suburbs are where most of the Twin Cities' wannabe cheaters live, according to new information released by Ashley Madison, which is known perhaps as the world's leading hookup site for wayward spouses.

According to the site's "membership per capita" numbers, 9.1 percent of the Twin Cities' Ashley Madison accounts belong to Apple Valley residents, which is the highest percentage in the metro. Minnetonka clocks in at second with 8.8 percent.

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The suburbs, in fact, occupy the top eight spots on the list. Here's three through eight:

3. Eagan (8.4 percent)
4. Woodbury (8.3 percent)
5. Maplewood (7.9 percent)
6. Orono (7.7 percent)
7. St. Louis Park (7.2 percent)
8. Eden Prairie (7.1 percent)

Urban locales finally appear on the list in the last two spots, with St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland at ninth (6.8 percent) and Minneapolis's classy Linden Hills neighborhood rounding things out (6.6 percent).

This is the first time Ashley Madison released local rankings of this sort since the summer of 2012. Falling off the adulterous list since then are Coon Rapids (number three in cheaters back then), Plymouth (fourth in 2012), downtown Minneapolis (sixth), and Wayzata (seventh).

Ashley Madison released these three local tidbits along with the latest numbers:

-- 42 percent of wannabe philanderers in the Twin Cities are female (average age 36)
-- Adulterers living in Apple Valley have the most children on average
-- St. Louis Park members in have the most affair partners

In a statement, Noel Biderman, Ashley Madison's founder and CEO, says that like many other things in life, those trying to figure out why cheaters live where they do should follow the money.

"The proclivity to cheat often goes hand in hand with opportunity," Biderman says. "Those with discretionary income and freedom to travel are even more likely to stray."

So apparently more money really can lead to more problems, at least for those who choose to tie the knot.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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