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Report: Finding a Lasting Relationship Isn’t Easy in Chicago

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:51 p.m. CDT

By Paul Tooher

Establishing a committed relationship with someone is never easy. But according to a survey conducted by Facebook and published in The Wall Street Journal, it’s especially hard in Chicagoland.

Over a one-month period, the social network site ranked major U.S. cities according to the percentage of singles whose changed their status from "single" to "in a relationship."

The Windy City came in 33rd out of the 48 cities studied.

Of course, most people in St. Charles have already found their life partner, with 61.6 percent of the population married compared to 24.3 percent single, according to Zillow.

According to Statistic Brain, 44 percent of Americans are single, with 86 single men to ever 100 single women. It only takes a man 15 minutes to form a first impression of women, according to the website, while women say it takes them up to an hour before they size up a man.

Colorado Springs, Colo., home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Olympic Committee, had the highest number of residents entering committed relationships during the period.

The remaining top 10 cities where couple found each other online include El Paso, Texas, Louisville, Ky., Fort Worth, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Tucson, Ariz., Cincinnati and Phoenix.

According to the Amazon study, singles in San Francisco have the hardest time finding their soul mates, followed by Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, San Jose, Calif., Seattle and Philadelphia.

Overall, Facebook found that big, cities with highly educated populations—places like the Windy City—tend to have the highest percentages of single people. But like Chicago, big cities also end to have the lowest couples rates.

Of course, it’s always possible that Facebook users are too busy with their newfound love to bother to update their status.

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