adultery in the uk

Love Will Tear Us Apart – If You Live In York

Little did we know (or did we?) that when we were deciding on the location for our new practice, that York would turn out to be Yorkshire’s most adulterous city, and the 11th most unfaithful place in the UK. In a recent survey, reported in the Harrogate Advertiser, with 5.7% of the population committing adultery York has topped the poll, conducted by

Leave Your Lover

Now the survey may have a limited sample, but it has mapped the location data of its 1.1 million members against each town’s adult population to find the most adulterous towns and cities in the country.


Our old stomping ground, Harrogate also got a mention – for being the most adulterous town in Yorkshire. According to the survey’s findings 1.35% of its adult population is having adulterous liaisons.

Lipstick on Your Collar

We wondered if that accounted for the Town’s other claim to fame, that it is the happiest place to live in Britain, as reported by BBC.

Careless Whisper

In that survey, participants were asked to rate their area based on 12 factors, including neighbourliness, how safe they felt, recreational facilities, sense of community, living costs, contentment and how proud they felt about their home. No mention of relationships.

Cold Shoulder

According to some studies, the following factors are associated with infidelity:

Gender: Men cheat more than women—in not only dating relationships but also cohabitation and marital relationships. Testosterone is a powerful hormonal driver (but it’s not an excuse).

Personality Factors: People who are less faithful generally have lower levels of conscientiousness and agreeableness and are sensation-seeking.

Other Background and Experience Factors: Two-timing lovers are more likely to be high school drop outs and to live in the city. They also tend to be less religious, have increased opportunities to meet others, and have a higher number of previous sexual partners.

Relationship Dissatisfaction Factors: Although infidelity can occur in happy marriages, let’s face it: It’s a big sign that something is wrong. Relationship factors include a lack of communication and understanding, emotional dissatisfaction with one’s partner, and sexual incompatibility.

Part-Time Lover

According to Bertrand Russell, “The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot coexist with affection for another. Everybody knows that this is untrue.”

Never Can Say Goodbye

York is certainly a great place to live and work. We are very happy that we decided to set up our business here and whatever the surveys say, we remain faithful to this great City.


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