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More Than Half of Americans are in Happy Relationships

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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If love truly does make the world go round, it would appear Americans are certainly pulling their fair share.

A new study finds more than half of Americans are currently in happy relationships with their partner.

The findings were culled from more than 10,000 people living in the continental U.S., each participating in an online study that stretched from June 2011 to August 2013.

Nearly one in five said they’re “thrilled” with their partnership and more than a third (36%) said they are satisfied with the quality of their relationship.

However, 18% were found to be at high risk of a separation or divorce.

“One in five Americans said they’re

‘thrilled’ with the partnership.”

The research was overseen by Andrew Daire, Ph.D., a professor and assistant dean at the University of Central Florida.

The report was commissioned by the PAIRS Foundation and its CEO Seth Eisenberg.

Researchers relied on the Relationship Pleasure Scale, which quizzes participants on their levels of satisfaction in sensuality, sexuality, intellectuality, emotionality, friendship and trust.

Using a zero to four scale for some questions and a zero to six scale for others, researchers gauged respondents throughout various stages of their relationships.

Eisenberg said while the report does not evaluate results based on differing regions in the U.S., the results did identify higher levels of satisfaction among those living in some areas, including Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, Delaware and Colorado.

Lower levels were found in New Mexico, Missouri, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Eisenberg said his group plans to more carefully evaluate geographic differences when the study is eventually repeated.

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