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Is it just me or does it seem like every reality dating show, by nature of the fact there are so many, has to “up the ante?”  It’s almost like the selling point to get people to tune in is to make them say, “No way are they going to do that…and put it on camera!”  That’s the case, in my opinion with the return of Netflix’s “Ultimatum:  Marry or Move On.”

This new season is about to air on the streaming service and features two Charlotte couples.  Lisa Horne, Brian Okoye, Kat Shelton and Alex Chapman are putting their love on the line in a way that makes me go, “Wow.”  So here is the premise of the show according to Popsugar Five straight couples try to figure out if they should get married or break up once and for all. To come to that decision, they enter into trial marriages with other participants on the show and then return to their original partner. At the end of the season, if the couples don’t agree to get married, they go their separate ways.

Now, before you dismiss this with the thought of why watch, there’s no way this works out.  The couples from the first season of this show?  They are all still together.  Now to be fair, a recent season of the spinoff, “The Ultimatum:  Queer Love,” saw almost every couple parting ways at the end of the experiment.

So, what will happen this time?  Get ready to watch our brave and perhaps naive Charlotteans when “Ultimatum:  Marry or Move On” bows on Netflix on August 23.  Once again, it will be hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey (pictured above).  Wanna catch a shot of the Queen City in advance?  Check out the trailer for the show below and an argument taking place outside Hot Taco in Charlotte’s South End.

The Best Cities To Get (And Stay!) Married In Are Not In North Carolina

The 2022 Wedding Season is in full swing. In fact, I just returned from one I was at this weekend. But as someone who seems to be perpetually single, I’m always looking for something to blame that on. And I found something. LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Best Cities to Get (and Stay) Married and North Carolina has none near the top. In fact, only one is in the Top 50 percent. The rest are all around the 100 mark in a ranking of 196 cities.

So if not NC where should you settle down for the best chance at a happily ever after? Hope you’re ready to switch coasts for many of them. If you want to stay in the south Atlanta or Orlando will have to do.

But where did these rankings come from? LawnStarter “compared 190 of the biggest U.S. cities across nine key indicators of nuptial success — from current marriage rates to 5-year divorce rate comparisons to wedding-venue access.”

Check out where each of the North Carolina cities ranked as well as the top 10 nationwide. No judgment from me if you choose to move since the best cities to get married in are not in North Carolina.

Read the full LawnStarter study here.

  • Where North Carolina Cities Rank

  • 59. Cary, NC

    Cary NC

    Overall Score: 48.35

    Marriage Stability: 43

    Marriage Potential: 171


  • 95. Durham, NC


    Durham NC

    Overall Score: 44.13

    Marriage Stability: 71

    Marriage Potential: 165

  • 103. Charlotte, NC

    North Carolina baseball team

    Overall Score: 43.42

    Marriage Stability: 105

    Marriage Potential: 101

  • 124. Raleigh, NC


    Overall Score: 41.37

    Marriage Stability: 144

    Marriage Potential: 100

  • 159. Winston-Salem, NC


    Winston Salem

    Overall Score: 37.32

    Marriage Stability: 137

    Marriage Potential: 148

  • 172. Greensboro, NC

    Greensboro skyline

    Overall Score: 34

    Marriage Stability: 173

    Marriage Potential: 143

  • 186. Fayetteville, NC



    Overall Score: 30.85

    Marriage Stability: 176

    Marriage Potential: 167

  • The Top 10 Cities To Get And Stay Married In

  • 10. Naperville, IL


    Overall Score: 57.34

    Marriage Stability: 30

    Marriage Potential: 41

  • 9. Washington, DC



    Overall Score: 57.42

    Marriage Stability: 11

    Marriage Potential: 86

  • 8. Atlanta, GA


    Music Midtown North Carolina

    Overall Score: 57.42

    Marriage Stability: 78

    Marriage Potential: 73

  • 7. St. Louis, MO



    Overall Score: 58.94

    Marriage Stability: 74

    Marriage Potential: 30

  • 6. Newark, NJ


    Newark New Jersey

    Overall Score: 59.18

    Marriage Stability: 3

    Marriage Potential: 32

  • 5. Orlando, FL



    Overall Score: 59.42

    Marriage Stability: 74

    Marriage Potential: 30

  • 4. Grand Rapids, MI



    Overall Score: 62.99

    Marriage Stability: 12

    Marriage Potential: 27

  • 3. Fullerton, CA



    Overall Score: 63.28

    Marriage Stability: 5

    Marriage Potential: 20

  • 2. Pasadena, CA



    Overall Score: 65.56

    Marriage Stability: 44

    Marriage Potential: 105

  • 1. Bellevue, WA



    Overall Score: 68.77

    Marriage Stability: 2

    Marriage Potential: 49

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