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Chances Are You're Going To Marry Someone Within Your Major

Especially if you're a male nurse or a female engineer.

It turns out that ~*opposites*~ might not attract as often as you'd think—at least not college-age opposites. Priceonomics analyzed the most recent U.S. Census data and discovered that Americans marry people with the same major as themselves at "an unusually high rate."

Priceonomic's definition of "unusually high" means that over 10 percent of all married American couples majored in the same subject. In 2014, there were more than 56 million married Americans, so 10 percent of that number is still a lot. The Census data obviously doesn't collect information about how or when people met, so it's possible a percentage of these couples just post-grad bonded over their love of Shakespeare or chemistry or something.

The breakdown of majors that have the highest marriage rates are unsurprising. It turns out that theology and religion majors are most likely to marry each other. At 21 percent, they have the highest rate by far. Next, at 18 percent, come general science majors. Pharmacy, music, and computer science majors round out the top five.

When they broke down the statistics by gender, the chances increased even more. If you are a gender minority in your field, the chances majorly increase of you marrying a likeminded human. The odds of male nurses and teachers marrying someone in their fields is as high as 43 percent. Female engineers marry male engineers almost 40 percent of the time.

What is interesting is that family and consumer sciences majors are least likely to marry each other—only 1 percent of them do. I was also shocked to not even see English majors on the list, but I imagine that's because reading your partner love sonnets aloud gets pretty old pretty fast.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.