Nearly 10,000 people in Aberdeen alone are registered for an online dating site designed for married men and women.
The Granite City is ranked 23rd in the UK with roughly 4% of the city’s population listed as members of IllicitEncounters.com.
However, the number of people from Aberdeen registered on the site has dropped by more than 400 people in 12 months.
In a testimonial provided by the site, a member known as Sylvia from Aberdeen said: “I joined IllicitEncounters.com after I left my husband.
“I had been in a long affair whilst married (although didn’t leave my husband because of the affair).
“I understood the rules and boundaries of an affair. Being single gave me more freedom and I didn’t and still don’t want a full time / all consuming, 24/7 relationship.
“I now only date married men.”
The new figures released by the site also include a breakdown of the number of people registered in the region’s towns.
Inverurie and Peterhead both have 400 members.
Inverness is the ‘most adulterous’ city in Scotland, Livingston ranked as the ‘most adulterous’ town in Scotland.
Glasgow is considered the ‘most faithful’ city in Scotland according to the Infidelity Index figures.
The ranking is based on the number of people registered for the illicit encounters site, compared to the population of the town or city.
The site’s spokesperson Christian Grant said: “People have had affairs since the dawn of time, but the last decade in particular has seen a large spike.
“The site has grown exponentially, and it’s thanks to the turbulent economy and increase in house prices that has left many people financially crippled, unable to divorce should their marriage hit the rocks.
“So, they seek the only other viable alternative that they have: an affair. It’s cheaper than a divorce, and it’s safer than ever before.
“Evidently, the Scots are no strangers to affairs, with strong showings across the board. While Livingston and Inverness fly the flag of infidelity the highest, Cumbernauld ensures that Scotland have at least a couple of representatives in the top 15 towns.
“And in terms of cities, it might be surprising to see Inverness beat Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen to not only take the crown for the most adulterous Scottish city, but as one of the most adulterous cities in the whole of the UK.
“Glaswegians, however, go some way to redeeming Scotland as a whole; they can proudly say that they belong to the most faithful and trustworthy city in all of the UK.”
For the full data visit www.infidelityindex.co.uk.