If a diamond ring symbolizes the "forever" part of marriage, maybe men in Charleston, West Virginia, should stick with coal: The unions there tend to be messy and go up in flames.

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In fact, our stats show that nowhere else in the nation (not even Vegas) are couples more destined for divorce court. Surprised? Not Stephen N. Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, who points to the state's sluggish job market as one reason for Charleston's transformation into Splitsville.

"The pressure to make a good living puts strain on a marriage," he says, "and right now it is infinitely harder to make a living here than it was 40 years ago."

The in-house study was compiled using the state and local data from state agencies, the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The divorce laws evaluated were those that deal with the waiting period required before a divorce is finalized, residency requirements, whether mandatory counseling exists, or whether a separation period is required for a no-fault divorce.

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The 10 best cities for staying married

1. Madison, WI
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Philadelphia, PA
4. Columbia, SC
5. Seattle, WA
6. Plano, TX
7. Fargo, ND
8. Milwaukee, WI
9. Burlington, VT
10. Laredo, TX

The rest

11. St. Paul, MN
12. El Paso, TX
13. San Antonio, TX
14. Minneapolis, MN
15. Chicago, IL
16. Bridgeport, CT
17. Dallas, TX
18. Des Moines, IA
19. San Jose, CA
20. Oakland, CA
21. San Francisco, CA
22. Cincinnati, OH
23. St. Louis, MO
24. Washington, DC
25. Houston, TX
26. Austin, TX
27. Chesapeake, VA
28. Providence, RI
29. Billings, MT
30. Raleigh, NC
31. Stockton, CA
32. Salt Lake City, UT
33. Sioux Falls, SD
34. Atlanta, GA
35. Lincoln, NE
36. Jackson, MS
37. Wilmington, DE
38. Baton Rouge, LA
39. Jersey City, NJ
40. Nashville, TN

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41. Corpus Christi, TX
42. New Orleans, LA
43. Memphis, TN
44. Boston, MA
45. Portland, OR
46. Newark, NJ
47. Detroit, MI
48. Lubbock, TX
49. Anaheim, CA
50. Buffalo, NY
51. Virginia Beach, VA
52. Omaha, NE
53. New York, NY
54. Louisville, KY
55. Greensboro, NC
56. San Diego, CA
57. Winston-Salem, NC
58. Portland, ME
59. Honolulu, HI
60. Manchester, NH
61. Riverside, CA
62. Lexington, KY
63. Anchorage, AK
64. Baltimore, MD
65. Durham, NC
66. Denver, CO
67. San Bernardino, CA
68. Sacramento, CA
69. Fort Worth, TX
70. Bakersfield, CA
71. Los Angeles, CA
72. Phoenix, AZ
73. Indianapolis, IN
74. Fresno, CA
75. Cleveland, OH
76. Birmingham, AL
77. Fort Wayne, IN
78. St. Petersburg, FL
79. Aurora, CO
80. Charlotte, NC

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81. Colorado Springs, CO
82. Wichita, KS
83. Reno, NV
84. Orlando, FL
85. Kansas City, MO
86. Tucson, AZ
87. Tampa, FL
88. Miami, FL
89. Columbus, OH
90. Oklahoma City, OK

The 10 worst cities for staying married

91. Toledo, OH
92. Boise City, ID
93. Las Vegas, NV
94. Tulsa, OK
95. Jacksonville, FL
96. Little Rock, AR
97. Cheyenne, WY
98. Norfolk, VA
99. Albuquerque, NM
100. Charleston, WV