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What Are the *Real* Stats on Moving for Love?

It worked out for the now-engaged Brittany Cartwright, who moved to Los Angeles shortly after meeting Jax Taylor in Las Vegas.

By Marianne Garvey
Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright

Brittany Cartwright's big move to L.A. worked out... but is her relationship (and upcoming marriage) with Jax Taylor the exception rather than the norm?

It can be a huge risk to move for love. Is it worth it? Will it work out? Should you be engaged?

A new survey asked 1,000 people who have relocated for a romantic relationship to find out if moving for love is worth it. Turns out, one in four people have relocated for a romantic partner — men (27 percent) were more likely than women (23 percent) to have relocated, the survey found.

Some other findings:

One in four (24.1 percent) people say they have moved to pursue a romantic relationship before.

Three-quarters (73 percent) of people who moved for a romantic partner are either still together or were together for more than a year. This includes 38 percent who moved for the romantic partner they’re still with.

Two-thirds (65 percent) of people who moved for a significant other are glad they made this decision.

Even among couples who are together for six months or less after a move, 51 percent still say they’re happy about their decision to move for a partner.

The hardest part of moving for love?

Commonly, it’s making the decision of whether to relocate in the first place with a third (32 percent) selecting this option. But about a quarter of respondents (27 percent) also cite the moving process as a major pain point.

There are some generational differences when it comes to moving for love, as well.

Baby boomers (ages 54 and up) are half as likely to have moved for love (12 percent) compared to overall responses. Millennials, however, are more likely to have moved for a romantic relationship (31 percent).

Of course, not every couple stays together after one partner relocates.

Just over a quarter (27 percent) of people who moved for love said this relationship lasted less than a year — of those, a third (10 percent) lasted less than three months.

Two-thirds (65 percent) of people who moved for love say they’re glad they did so. (This includes 47 percent who say they are “very glad” they moved, and 19 percent who are “somewhat glad” about this decision.)

But somewhat surprisingly, even when the relationships didn’t last, however, many still feel their move was a good decision. Just over half (51 percent) of people who were together six months or less after relocating for a partner say they’re glad they made that move.

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