New data boosts Colorado Springs' claim of most romantic city

By: The Gazette
February 14, 2014 Updated: February 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

To all you skeptics who scoffed at the idea that Colorado Springs is the most romantic city in the U.S.: Data has come in that may change your mind and melt your heart, if just a little.

On Friday - Valentine's Day - El Paso County set a record for the number of marriage licenses issued in one day, according to the Clerk & Recorder's office.

The previous record of 57 licenses was set on July 6, 2007. Friday's tally: 58 marriage licenses and one civil union license.

On Thursday, the news came out that the Wall Street Journal had commissioned Facebook to determine the 50 most romantic U.S. cities. Facebook's rankings were based on the percentage of people who changed their relationship status from "single" to "in a relationship" last October.

It's not the most scientific way to ascertain which cities are the capitals of romance, but nonetheless, Colorado Springs came in at No. 1. And now, a day later, come these statistics, making a believer out of at least one person.

"I guess Colorado Springs IS the most romantic city!" Sandy Hook, Recording Department manager for the Clerk & Recorder's office, wrote in an email announcing the record.

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