Facebook uses data to figure out how many classmates become soul mates

(WXYZ) - How many classmates become soul mates? Facebook wanted to find out the answer. 

Analysts dove into Facebook data to figure out exactly what percentage of its users in the United States met their spouse in high school or college. 

Facebook looked at couples who went to the same school within four years of one another. They also only considered people who were at least 25 years old.

Here's what Facebook found:

About 15 percent of U.S. Facebook users went to the same high school as their spouse.

But, this is the interesting part:  Facebook noted that they found it's much less likely to meet your spouse at a high school in densely populated areas.

The study also finds that 28 percent of married college graduates went to the same college. 

And there's a Michigan connection. Ranking among the top 12 colleges for women to meet their husbands is in our own backyard. 

Michigan Technological University snags the number two spot with roughly 62 percent of women attending college with their future hubby. 

And as far as for men meeting their future wives—your best bet is apparently the Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Iowa.

It's just interesting to note what data on Facebook can reveal about our lives.

Check out the full study here:   https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-data-science/from-classmates-to-soulmates/10151779448773859

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