10 Best Free Dating Sites for 30-Somethings (2020)

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10 Best Free Dating Sites for 30-Somethings (2020)

Hayley Matthews
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Once you hit your 30s, you may start to look at dating differently. Most 30-somethings are out of school and have a steady career, which means they don’t meet as many people or go out as much as they once did. Maybe 20-somethings can bounce back after a night of partying and hooking up, but that’s not really as appealing to an adult with major responsibilities.

Singles in their 30s are often more serious about finding a real relationship and building a family, and superficial or flaky dates aren’t going to satisfy them.

Certain quality-driven dating sites and apps appeal to 30-somethings on the market, and they’ve been proven to work quickly. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites for you.

Match

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Match is like the cheese pizza of dating sites — it’s just the best option. It’s classic (founded in 1993 and launched in 1995), it’s popular (over 39 million monthly visitors), and it’s really good (the most romantic connections of any dating site). When you join Match, right away you’re given a 100% free membership that allows you to upload your info and photos, browse by your preferences (e.g., age), receive matches, and flirt via virtual winks.

EliteSingles

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Approximately, 90% of EliteSingles members are 30 years old or older, so you won’t have to waste your time filtering through people who are incompatible in terms of age. Instead, you can get right to filters that are more important to you. EliteSingles is also a great choice if you’re looking for a serious relationship with someone who graduated from college. More than 80% of members have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

Zoosk

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Thirty-somethings are always on the go with work, taking care of the house, going to the gym, hanging out with friends and family, or participating in a hobby. It’s hard to meet someone when you’re always running errands, traveling, or simply living the busy routine young people lead these days. If that sounds like your life, we suggest you give Zoosk a try. This free dating app is easy to use no matter what device you’re on, and the Behavioral Matchmaking System ensures that you’re connecting with people with whom you actually want to connect.

eharmony

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You won’t really find a lot of 20-somethings on eharmony because users don’t do any of the searching (the site takes care of it), so there’s no swiping. In addition, eharmony is generally meant for mature, commitment-minded singles seeking love and marriage. The first step is to take the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Quiz, then wait for eharmony to send you matches. If you don’t like them, you can move on. If you do, you can start the conversation by sending a message or an Icebreaker. It’s free to send Icebreakers, and you also have limited access to your inbox with a free standard membership.

Tinder

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Tinder is often called a hookup app, but, in actuality, most of its users are interested in finding a long-term partner. Responsible for over 30 billion matches and over 1 million dates a week, Tinder ensures that the odds are in your favor. Tinder probably has one of the shortest sign-up processes as well — all you have to do is provide your age, location, photo, and a little bit about yourself. Swipe left if you’re not into the person presented to you, and swipe right if you are. If you both swipe right on each other, messaging is enabled.

URL: https://tinder.com/

Bumble

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Founded in 2014, Bumble has become a go-to for 30-somethings, specifically 30-something women who are tired of receiving inappropriate messages and photos on other dating apps. Here, only the women can send the first message. But if you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, either person can send the first message. Once you’re matched with someone, you and/or the other person have 24 hours to start communicating. You have another 24 hours to respond. If you don’t, the match disappears.

URL: https://bumble.com/

Coffee Meets Bagel has a time limit as part of its process as well. Matches last for one week, and you and the other person must exchange some other kind of contact info before then, or the match goes away. Coffee Meets Bagel’s goal is to get more people on dates instead of getting stuck in messaging limbo. Women feel comfortable on Coffee Meets Bagel because it was founded by three women, so the founders know what women are looking for. Coffee Meets Bagel will also send women matches it has curated from people who have already liked their profile.

URL: https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/

Hinge

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Hinge received the nickname “the anti-Tinder” because the app isn’t meant for mindless, looks-based swiping. It’s meant for genuine matches and deep conversations. On Hinge, you have to like and comment on people’s profiles and photos (and vice versa), and that’s how you get to know each other. The app features in-depth profiles with six photos and three personal prompts showcasing that person’s interests, habits, and sense of humor. Hinge boasts having the highest success rate at turning first dates into second dates, and many relationships have blossomed as a result.

URL: https://hinge.co/

Happn

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Happn is kind of like the Missed Connections of dating apps. You can meet people with whom you’ve crossed paths in real life, so you can see right away if you like the same bars, restaurants, parks, etc. Happn, which has been around since 2014, has more than 4 stars on Google Play as well as iTunes, and one of the numerous positive reviews was written by Logan Gosse, who said: “I think the concept behind this app is great. Got a match within the first few hours from when I activated it. So far so good. Seem to be a lot more genuine people on here.”

URL: https://www.happn.com/

OkCupid

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OkCupid is a forever free dating site and app designed to facilitate fast yet meaningful connections. The app has an advanced algorithm that takes into consideration your answers to its questions, your ideal date or partner’s answers to its questions, and the level of importance you give to his or her answers. One of the things people love most about OkCupid is that it’s completely free, and there are no hidden fees. You have the option to purchase premium features, but you don’t have to just to find a date. You already have all the tools you need with the free account.

URL: https://www.okcupid.com/

Dating Sites Give 30-Somethings Plenty of Date Opportunities

Your 30s can be a prime dating time because you know who you are and you know what you want, so there’s no need to fool around and make rookie mistakes. You may not have as much free time as you once did, but you can use what time you have more efficiently by searching for dates on a local dating site or app.

If you sign up for one of the dating sites on our list, you’ll be able to match and chat while on the go, and your love life will improve as a result. Choose wisely!