Looking for love in all the right places


If your journey for love is on its last legs and being on the make has been so unproductive that you’re moved to leave town to hook up, location is probably the least of your worries.

However, statistically speaking, you can increase the odds you’ll find your soul mate if Cupid’s arrow pinpoints towns where the numbers give you a better shot.

Zillow’s first “In the Move for Love Index” names the best cities where young singles should relocate to if love have been elusive.

Again, if you are already in one of these locations and you haven’t had a date since last Valentine’s Day, location likely isn’t your enemy.

In any event, Zillow’s love move index is based on disposable income (money can’t buy love, but it can foot the bill on a date), the share and abundance of singles under 35 (somewhat of an ageist presumption), and walkability (meeting opportunities, not stalking).

“Today’s society is more transient than ever, and when young singles are considering where to move next, it makes perfect sense to consider how easy it will be to meet that person of their dreams,” said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky.

“We took a scientific approach to something that’s typically been assumed more art than science; we looked at demographics, median income, rent prices and a number of other factors to pinpoint the best places for singles under 35 to move.”

To find the best meet markets Zillow considered:

• Benjamins. The Zillow Rent Index vs. incomes measure reveals disposable income. The higher proportion of take-home pay that can be spent on dating, the greater likelihood of finding a better half. The cost of renting can cut into disposable income.

• Size matters. Cities with a higher proportion of single people to married people scored higher in the index.

• Competition. Zillow examined the ratio of single men to single women for the straight crowd and data on cohabitating for the gay community. The more lopsided the ratio the less competition for heterosexuals. Zillow used cohabitating households as a proxy for the overall gay population.

• Walk with me. Zillow assumes singles have a better chance of meeting a main squeeze when they are out and about, walking to bars, restaurants, shops and attractions.

• Where you from? Likes attract. Zillow factored in the percentage of a city’s total population that is single and relocated within the past five years, because it can be easier to meet other singles if many are new to town.

And the winners are?

In four categories, the top five best cities where young singles should relocate if love has been lost are:

Men seeking women

  1. Worcester, MA
  2. Glendale, CA
  3. Irving, TX
  4. Cleveland, OH
  5. Memphis, TN

Women seeking men

  1. Milwaukee, WI
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Charleston, SC
  5. Tucson, AZ

Men seeking men

  1. Miami, FL
  2. San Diego, CA
  3. Philadelphia, CA
  4. Worcester, MA
  5. Santa Maria, CA

Women seeking women

  1. Worcester, MA
  2. San Diego, CA
  3. Cleveland, OH
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Des Moines, IA

CheapSally.com also offers the cities where you are most likely to find a date based on the share of single men vs. single women and “well being,” a measure of emotion and physical health, given that healthy residents are more likely than non-ambulatory or hospitalized resides to date.

About the author

A DeadlineNews.Com Silicon Valley Contributing Writer, with a penchant for the quick, story-telling capability of infographics, Mark K. Hicks is broker/owner of The Seabrooke Group in San Jose, CA. Hicks, who takes a "client for life" approach to business, has more than 20 years real estate experience, including creative financing, foreclosure acquisition, probate sales and tax-deferred exchanges. Network with Hicks on LinkedIn.

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