CheatingThere’s a dating website for everyone and Ashley Madison has a specific clientele it caters to.  If you’re married and looking to cheat, well head over to and they’ll be happy to hook you up with a single person that doesn’t care you have a spouse at home.

This week Ashley Madison released a “study” that named Washington as the place with the highest membership, therefore, making it the least faithful city. According to the honchos over at Ashley Madison, successful people cheat.

“Simply put, the more successful you are, the more prone to cheating you are, and Washington is full of successful people looking for something outside their marriage,” said Noel Biderman, CEO of Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, in a statement.

From my own personal experience, I can say that I’ve never come across so many undercover married men and women since living in the DC metro area. At one point I wondered if there was something in the water, but according to Biderman, yeah, there is something in the water, it’s called success. Um. I guess.

The Washington Post sat down with Biderman and asked him a few questions about the site:

Q: What was the methodology behind the rankings? What did you take into account when ranking cheating-friendly cities?

The cities were ranked on a total members-per-capita basis. We obtained the metro area population from WolframAlpha. The exception is Washington, D.C., where the calculations were based on the city population. We have 37,943 members in Washington, D.C.

Q: Does being “successful” correlate with cheating in your experience? Why?

Yes, for two distinct reasons. First, most people who achieve a level of success do so from taking professional risks, that for the most part pay off, and this underlying personality trait may then lead these individuals to take personal risks as well.

Second, cheating is directly correlated to opportunity. The more successful you are the more you tend to travel for work and pleasure, and more often removed from your family, interacting with individuals with whom commonalities surface.

Q. What’s the subscription rate for Ashley Madison in D.C.?

For Washington, DC, receives approximately 30 new sign-ups per day with peaks on Mondays.

So there you have it folks. DC is not only filled with a high STD rate, it’s also filled with cheaters.

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  • Kristi

    I’m single and from the “DMV” and this is a bit unsettling…..not trying to be naive but, wow. I would have thought NY or LA. Corrupt city indeed

  • Erin

    Least faithful city with one of the highest AIDS rates in the country… I’ll pass.

    • SL

      @Alana – highest amongst blacks – this is true – but not in total population at least I don’t think.

    • SL

      Sorry that was supposed to be for @Erin

  • Alana

    hmmm … I live in DC and I’m pretty sure the men this article is based on are men who are not interested in any of the women who read this site. In other words those with the most money in this city are predominantly older white men. Way to go Clutch. Totally diss a city where a bulk of your readers reside. You just lost one.

  • Pseudonym

    My guess is if this is true, it could be due to the fact that among the politicians, military people, consultants and spouses of consultants, federal government workers with international-related work, diplomats, and employees and spouses of employees of global organizations (NGOs, World Bank, etc.), there are an AWFUL lot of married people living in DC who spend large chunks of the year separated from their spouses.