We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

For the second year in a row, Washington has retained the title of Cheatingest Place in America, AshleyMadison.com Division.

The adultery-assistance website claims that, with 34,157 new members from D.C. in 2012, Washington had more sign-ups per capita than any other U.S. city. Texan cities Austin and Houston came in second and third, respectively.

This being an Ashley Madison press release, though, it gets topical:

Founder and CEO of Ashley Madison, Noel Biderman, explained why he was not surprised to see D.C. top the list yet again.

“With enormous public attention paid to political cheating scandals this year, including the Gen. Petraeus affair, there was no doubt that Washington residents would be influenced,” he said in a press release.

Was the lesson of David Petraeus‘ downfall really “adultery rules”? Because it seemed like the actual takeaway was never have an affair, at all, or you’ll lose your job and your lover will end up as a minor paparazzi sensation in Mount Pleasant.

Adultery photo by Shutterstock