ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – This suburban Cleveland community with almost 21,000 residents ranks at the top of a list of local cheaters, compiled by AshleyMadison.com.
“Now, you've got me on that one,” said Sherry Watts, a resident. “You totally left me speechless, I had no idea that was going on!”
The online affair website, founded in 2001, has 13 million registered users and 14,000 are in Northeast Ohio. According to AshleyMadison.com’s founder Rocky River ranks at the top of a list compiled by cross-referencing membership zip codes.
“If neglect sets in, if you become lonely within your own relationship and if you're suspicious already that your partner is probably having an affair, my guess is that's exactly what's already going on,” said CEO Noel Biderman.
Rocky River has the highest percentage of female adulterers (37 percent) and its residents report having the most encounters, according to Biderman.
“In Ohio, who you are is strongly connected to where you live. Each neighborhood has its own individual identity and the people who live there tend to identify with that.”
The top cheating neighborhoods in Cleveland per capita, according to AshleyMadison.com are:
1. Rocky River
3. Shaker Heights
8. Chagrin Falls
10. Valley View
Paul Baeppler owns Integrity Investigations with three locations in Northeast Ohio. According to him, much of their business now comes from people wondering if their spouses are cheating.
“I know we're seeing a lot of cases where you have a female, she's 40-years-old or 45-years-old, she was the perfect wife or the perfect mom for 15 or 20 years and all of a sudden, for whatever reason, the wheels come off," said Baeppler. “Chagrin Falls, it seems like there's a lot going on there and certain professions it seems like, we've had a ton of cases with doctors and people in the medical field.”
Other statistics provided by AshleyMadison.com include:
- Members in Shaker Heights have the most children on average
- Lakewood has the most single women seeking married men
- Tremont has the most newlywed members in Cleveland (those married less than 3 years)
“Stop it! Go home, kiss your spouse! This is big stuff, you married them for a reason, go home! Look at them, kiss them,” said Cleveland resident Annette Scavone.
According to the website operator, AshleyMadison.com has 13 million members in 22 countries with over 9 million in the United States alone.