A friend with sharp eyes brought to my attention that Charleston, W.Va., made the Daily Beast’s list of the top 50 “hotspots for marital dischord.” In fact, it cracked the top 5, coming in at #3, coming in right behind Panama City, Fla., and Sierra Vista, Ariz.
For the record, one other metropolitan area in West Virginia (and Ohio) made the list: Parkersburg/Marietta, at #44.
The site doesn’t really explain its mathematical calculations or the formula it used to come up with the rankings very well, but Charleston earned its bronze medal based on the 13.4 percent of our population that is divorced and a 2009 divorce rate of 5.6 percent.
I must admit, this one has me scratching my head a little bit. Anyone have any theories on why couples just can’t seem to stay together in Charleston?