Pairing in all combos.

When it comes to falling in love, it’s not just fate that brings people together, as this interactive chart shows--it's occupation.

Bloomberg data specialists Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell scanned data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2025 American Community Survey, covering 3.5 million households--to discover how pairs make patterns. Top line learnings include these:

Some of the matches seemed practical (the most common marriage is between grade-school teachers), and others had us questioning Cupid’s aim (why do female dancers have a thing for male welders?). High-earning women (doctors, lawyers) tend to pair up with their economic equals, while middle- and lower-tier women often marry up. In other words, female CEOs tend to marry other CEOs; male CEOs are OK marrying their secretaries.

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