5 Best Cities If You're Looking for a Girlfriend

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Forget New York or Los Angeles. If you're a young, single person looking for a woman to date this Valentine's Day, move to Cleveland.

"Cleveland is very affordable, an OK city to walk around in and has a lot of young, single women," says Cory Hopkins of real-estate tracking site Zillow, which released its first-annual In the Move for Love Index this week just in time for Feb. 14.

Zillow, which estimates market values for virtually every home in America, ranked the 150 largest U.S. cities for a range of singles-friendly factors. For opposite-sex partners, the company even looked at each locale's ratio of young single men to young single women.

Smaller cities such as Cleveland actually outscored most big metro areas because Zillow ( Z) considered affordability as a key factor in its study.

"We wanted to find cities young single people could move to and still have a little scratch left over to go out on a date," Hopkins says.

Zillow also assessed such factors as walkability, assuming that many young people want to walk to dates, as well as the number of young single women as a proportion of overall population and how many singles have moved to a given city within the past five years. Hopkins says that's because the new single in town will probably find it easier to ask out the new gal.

Lastly, Zillow analyzed how much a single woman who makes the median local income will have for dates and other expenses after paying a city's median local rent -- important if you're going to share the cost of dates.

Here's a look at the five cities that Zillow found are the best place for singles under 35 to move to if they want to look for love in all the right places. (Check back this week for the best cities for young singles seeking unmarried young men.)

All population and median-income figures are from the U.S. Census Bureau and refer to cities proper rather than metro areas. Walkability rankings come from WalkScore.com, while Zillow calculated each area's median rent itself using an in-house database.

Fifth-best: Memphis, Tenn.

Young singles who move to the city that made Elvis Presley famous shouldn't wind up in the Heartbreak Hotel, as Memphis scores in the 94th percentile of single women as a percentage of total population.

Tennessee's largest city also ranks in the 89th percentile for singles who've lived in an area less than five years, making it easy to find newly arrived women to take to Beale Street's famous restaurants and blues clubs.

Your would-be girlfriend should also have plenty of money to split the check, because 672,000-population Memphis places in the 83rd percentile for median disposal income among single women.

On the downside, the River City ranks in just the 25th percentile for walkability. It also has only 96 young single females for every 100 young unmarried males, although that's good enough to put Memphis in the 69th percentile nationwide for the ratio of available men to women under 35.

Fourth-best: Cleveland

Move to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's hometown and you'll find plenty of girls to dance with, as Cleveland ranks in the 90th percentile for single young women as a percentage of all residents.

Cleveland also rocks for walkability and affordability, placing in the 78th percentile for both. Single women make a median $31,374 annual income in the 397,000-population Forest City, but typically pay just $834 a month in rent -- leaving $1,781 for dates and other expenses.

That said, Cleveland ranks only in the 59th percentile for newly arrived singles and the ratio of unmarried young women to unmarried young men. There are just 93 single female Clevelanders under 35 for every 100 single men of the same age.

Third-best: Irving, Texas

This 213,000-population city outside Dallas gets the nod mostly because it's got lots of newly arrived singles.

Unmarried people who've lived in Irving for less than five years make up 15.6% of the city's total population, placing the community in the 88th percentile nationwide for that category.

Irving also ranks in the 87th percentile for its ratio of young single women to young single men, with 109 unmarried females under 35 for every 100 unmarried males of the same age.

The Texas community likewise places in the 76th percentile for single young women as a proportion of total population.

Irving ranks only in the 48th percentile for walkability, though, and the 65th percentile for disposable income among single women. The typical unmarried female there makes $32,266 a year and pays $1,208 in monthly rent, leaving $1,481 per month for dates and other bills.

Second-best: Glendale, Calif.

This Los Angeles suburb is one of the best places in America to find unmarried women, especially for men. The 192,000-population Glendale has 118 young single females for every 100 young unmarried guys, putting it in the 93rd percentile nationwide.

Glendale also ranks in the 94th percentile for walkability, as well as in the 89th percentile for young single women as a percent of all residents.

Unfortunately, Glendale's hefty $2,548 monthly median rent leaves the typical single female there with just $809 a month in disposable income.

Hopkins admits that "isn't great," but says Glendale's high scores on other measures "means it's still a friendly place to find a date."

Best: Worcester, Mass.

This 181,000-person city 40 miles west of Boston takes top honors because it ranks well in every criterion Zillow measured.

The City of Seven Hills places in the 99th percentile for young single women as a proportion of total population, and in the 95th percentile for newly arrived singles as a fraction of overall residents.

Worcester is also in the 81st percentile for walkability, as well as the 74th percentile for disposable income among single women. Unmarried females make a median $35,739 a year there but typically pay $1,302 a month for rent -- leaving $1,676 a month for dates and other expenses.

"Worcester is actually fairly strong across the board," Hopkins says. "It's walkable, it's got a lot of young people and it's relatively inexpensive."

The expert worked in Worcester himself for 14 months and says the community is actually "a cool place" for young singles.

"There's a theater scene, an independent music scene and some entry-level biotech and engineering jobs that let young people get their feet wet in the workforce before moving to Boston or New York," he says.

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