The idea that opposites attract is highly overrated. In fact, it's often those whom with we share things in common that we mesh with best. The things couples share with each other may not be super apparent to the outside eye, but usually things like values and core beliefs are things lasting couples have a similar understanding of.
When it comes to dating, the things you have in common often set the tone for your first date, as you share stories and find commonality in that which is familiar. Dating sites know this — that's why you're so often paired with others with whom you share the same interests. But rather than simply being paired based on interests you typed out on your profile or selected from a list or drop-down menu, wouldn't it be convenient if you could go to dating sites designed specifically for your interests and populated by other people who share them? That's where niche dating sites come into play.
These online dating sites level off the playing field by offering an online dating experience specifically for users with certain background or likings. Your background can be anything from the area you live, such as rural areas, to the professional life you've chosen, such as military members; your interests can range from your downtime activities, such as gaming, to your active activities, such as your fitness routine.
Using niche dating sites allows you to more quickly sort through potential matches, without the need to put millions of filters into your search. Their uniqueness naturally attracts an audience with shared interests or background, which, if you share that interest or background, greatly increases your chances of finding a good match. They're best for individuals who really live their lives based around a certain idea or theme and want to find others who hold the same thing in high regard.
If you have a certain background or hobby that you just can't image living your life — much less sharing your life with someone — without, then read on to discover some of the best niche dating sites available right now.
If You Want To Date… Rural People And Farmers
Farmers Only is a niche dating site for those who consider themselves to be rural folk, rather than the city-dwelling type. The dating site gained major traction from a series of infamous YouTube commercials that ended up attracting a massive audience base of over 5 million members. The site allows you to discover others through searching or a hot or not like matching game. The site may not have any advanced matching algorithm, but the search is extensive, essentially allowing you to search by every profile field.
To communicate you have an inbox, along with a FarmPhone option, which turns your messages into text to expedite the communication process. To act more passively you can also send flirts and browse who has viewed your profile. The site has a super-quick, 4 question registration process, that makes it easy to get setup and partaking in online dating with other rural folks almost instantly.
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If You Want To Date… Members Of The Military
Military Cupid is designed for former or current military members, and non-military singles (who are mostly women) looking to date them. It's a regular dating site with all the common bells and whistles, except it's aimed at military members. A few military-specific features including being able to specify rank, unit, or decorations. The matching system pairs you with other based on specific features you set, such as age or proximity. One unique and well-thought out feature is the option to search by branch of service, such as army, navy, or coast guard. Communication takes place via email, text chat, or even video chat, if you're looking to speed things up.
The site takes above after security members to ensure all users are safe. Members can scan a government issued ID to verify their identity and others can see who has and has not taken this step. The signup process is quick and easy, but you can make your profile as extensive as you wish, choosing from over interests and activities.
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If You Want To Date… Bikers
If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, you'll find no better place to discover those with the same interest than on Biker Planet. The niche dating site caters to single people looking for relationships and offers extensive profile options. Profiles have a variety of open ended questions in which you can fully express yourself and your interests, including some aligned with the theme of the site, such as 'What is your favorite place or road to ride?' and 'What's your favorite biker event to attend?'.
Beyond the profile, Bike Planet offers a fully customizable online dating experience. You can choose who can contact you based on things like gender and age, and even customize what shows up on your newsfeed. You can find others through your home screen or by searching, or if you like to add a little spice to your online dating experience you can play Rapid Match, which is a hot or not like matching game. Easily contact members individually by sending messages and flirts or communicate in more of a group setting in one of the many biker-themed forums.
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If You Want To Date… Fit People
Just as the name alludes to, Fitness Singles is a dating site designed for fitness enthusiasts. You navigate the site mainly by browsing profiles, and the profiles themselves do a good job at conveying which areas of fitness each member prospers. Profiles allow you to list your three top fitness activities along with how skilled you are at each. The site has a review process for profiles, which can lengthen the time it takes to get up and running on the site, but does provide some extra security that members are who they claim to be.
The site is full of singles who prioritize a healthy lifestyle, and the buff and trimmed profiles pictures are further proof of this point. A Top 25 list features the most active members in the community which can be handy if you're trying to find someone who is likely to be online and see your contact, which can take place via a message or by clicking the 'Show Interest' button. The niche site does a good job of attracting like minded fitness buffs and creates a safe space for conversations to spark.
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If You Want To Date… Gamers
Gamer Dating is gamer-themed dating site created by and for gamers. Immediately upon landing on the site you'll see a nice incentive to sign up: a free game with registration. You can search, browse and find matches all for free, but to communicate you do need a paid subscription. The site gives you a personal library where you can add (and show off) your favorite games, which makes for great conversation starters.
The site has a quick and easy signup process, that you can further expedited by simply connecting your Facebook account. Along with a search option the site has various matchmaking tools to help you find what the site calls your 'Perfect Player 2'. It acts as much as a community site as a dating site, which can be a nice subtlety if you're not fully sure you are ready to enter the world of online dating. If that's the case you can simply create an account and make connections — romantic or otherwise — by being active on the various gamer-themed forums.
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If You Want To Date… Wealthy People
Millionaire Match is a luxury dating site for wealthy individuals. You don't have to make a certain amount to sign up, but if you identify yourself as a millionaire in your registration process, you must submit a request to speak to a Special Members Director to help set up an account and fill out the profile (and if you don't have time to do that, the site can assign someone to do it for you). The site really emphasizes verification, and beneath each profile photo a small badge can appear, proving a verified photo, age, occupation, education, or millionaire status. This rather uncommon verification process produces a site with members who are much higher in quality than those you would find on your typical online dating site.
The niche site let's you communicate via email or winking, but you can also add profiles to your favorite section or add a personal note for yourself on each profile. The site has a luxury blog section where conversations can spark along with the option for video introductions on your profile and live millionaire match counselors.
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If You Want To Date… Single Parents
While most any dating site accommodates or accepts single parents as members, Single Parents Meet is entirely dedicated to single with children. Understanding that users of the site have kids, can help get that conversation out of the way and allow you to focus more on finding matches based on common interests, beyond your children. As another site that acts just as much as a community site as an online dating site, Single Parents Meet doesn't offer a ton of extra incentives, but more so provides a safe and transparent platform for those with kids to meet and make connections.
You can communicate with the standard options of messaging, chatting, or winking, but you can also show interests by playing the sites featured hot or not like game, or browsing community updates in your newsfeed style homepage. The registration process is super straightforward, but that doesn't mean profiles are limited. You still have options to answer questions about your hobbies and things such as how romantic you are as well as fill in an open ended text boxes if you simply have more to say than what the signup questionnaire asks. Unlike some other niche dating site Single Parents Meet does have a matching system and displays who you are most compatible with under Today's Picks.
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