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Cincinnati tops list for 'America's 10 Best Cities for a Happy Marriage'

Doctors break down the love science

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CINCINNATI -- If you're a Cincinnati resident and happily married, this may not be a coincidence.

According to a scientifically-based health risk assessment called the RealAge Test, which has been taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, Cincinnati is the No. 1 city in the country to have a happy marriage.

So what's Cincinnati's secret?

Sharecare , the company that produced the RealAge Test, says the Cincinnati Music Hall, home to the city's symphony, opera and ballet, is a popular venue for weddings and date nights.

Making time for your spouse strengthens your bond, and studies show that enjoying music improves immunity, reduces stress and promotes relaxation. In addition to making major improvements in stress levels, high rankings for sex and exercise helped move Cincinnati to the top of the list, the company said.

Sharecare says marriage benefits come from healthy, happy and fulfilling unions, which are most likely to occur in the Queen City.

"Marriage itself is usually our most important social interaction." Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge Test Keith Roach said in a release. "Someone who is happily married has the lowest risk of heart disease, cancer, even car accidents."

Roach said happy marriages are especially important for men between the ages of 30 to 64. They are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than a man who is divorced, and their cancer risk drops dramatically.

You can take the RealAge Test by clicking here : http://bit.ly/1axa3Sn

The full list for "America's 10 Best Cities for a Happy Marriage" is as follows:

1. Cincinnati, OH

2. Salt Lake City, UT

3. Greenville, SC

4. Milwaukee, WI

5. Boston, MA

6. Pittsburgh, PA

7. Charlotte, NC

8. Knoxville, TN

9. Indianapolis, IN

10. Grand Rapid, MI

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