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Top online dating apps in 2020 in USA

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It is almost the end of the year, and it is time to see what are the most popular dating apps this year and what you should try out right away!

We picked up the applications based on different criteria and according to the most popular dating apps by state. Mostly though what kind of relationship you can find there and do those dating apps work. Buckle up!

City App
New York Pure, Happn
San Francisco Hinge, The League
Chicago Tinder, Bumble
Los Angeles Raya, Pure
Austin eHarmony, Elite Singles
San Diego Match, Pure
San Antonio OkCupid, Adult Friend Finder
Seattle Plenty of Fish, Coffee Meets Bagel
Philadelphia Her, Grindr, Pure
Houston Clover, OkCupid
Washington D.C. Zoosk, Facebook Dating
Dallas 99flavors, Pure
Phoenix Ship, Cams.com
Boston Coffee Meets Bagel, Tinder
Las Vegas Grindr, Pure

Pure

Members 750,000 members
Popularity 150,000 active users daily
Gender proportion 55% males, 45% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price 11.99–54.99
Free version Free for females
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★★

We are too focused on our goals and careers, so we don’t have much time for relationships. This is the way Pure is perfect — we call it an ultimate hookup app.

pure site dating
Pure main page and registration

I am:

Looking for:

My email:

The registration will take you a few minutes. All you need is a valid email address and one photo to begin the search.

Pure believes that private life should stay private, so don’t worry about social media links. Once you connect with another person in your area, you will have one hour to chat and move offline as soon as possible. Among most popular dating websites, it’s definitely the safest one. After one hour, the chat between you two will be automatically deleted. No strings attached.

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Pure

Complete anonymity
1367 users online now

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Bumble

Members 11 million
Popularity 11,000 active/weekly
Gender proportion 50% males 50% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification phone number, Facebook
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $8.99 – $79.98
Free version main features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

Bumble app was created by the ex-employee of Tinder to help women to avoid creeps that became so often match on Tinder. One of the most popular dating apps in the USA that women choose.

Bumble main page

The whole design of the app is similar to Tinder. The difference, though, is that ladies are the ones in power here. Once you match with anyone, you have to wait till the woman texts you first. Afterward, you will have 24 hours to reply, or the system will automatically unmatch you two.

Hinge

Members 5 million
Popularity 150,000/daily
Gender proportion 50% males 50% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook, phone number
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $9.99 – $29.94
Free version main features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Hinge was created for serious relationship seek — if you don’t have such intentions, the app won’t fit you. They claim that they designed the app to find one perfect match and deleted the application. You won’t need it anymore.

Hinge main page

Hinge is easy to navigate. The registration will take a couple of minutes. They provide the signup process only through the Facebook account or the phone number that helps to minimize the amount of fake accounts.

CoffeeMeetBagel

Members 11 million
Popularity 400,000 users per month
Gender proportion 60% females, 40% males
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $34.99 – $179.99
Free version basic features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

CoffeeMeetsBagel was created as the most popular dating platform for young professionals to meet like-minded people for more stable relationships. Even though an app is too pricey, the main features of search and messaging are for free.

CoffeeMeetBagel main page

As well as Bumble, CoffeeMeetBagel is the application where women take the first step in texting. Men are not allowed to text first.

Happn

Members 450,000
Popularity 150,000/daily
Gender proportion 60% males, 40% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook, phone number
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $24.99 – $119.99
Free version main features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Happn is an online dating app that helps you to match with strangers that you just saw in your area or passing by a minute ago.

Happn main page

It is an exciting matchmaking approach, and the chance to meet your soulmate is closer with Happn app.

The League

Members 400,000
Popularity 100,000 currently in the waiting list
Gender proportion 40% females, 60% males
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook, LinkedIn
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $29.08 – $349
Free version free to apply to join
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

The League app was created only for educated professionals who are tired of basic dating apps and average people, and it is the most popular dating app in the elite world. It isn’t easy to become a part of the platform as the app takes a lot of time to process your application, and there is even a chance you might not get in.

The League main page

If you are lucky enough to be a part of The League community, you will see that there are not that many people due to the stick application regularity. So don’t expect more than 5-7 matches per day. It’s worth mentioning, though, that even with its elite nature, The League still manages to be one of the most popular dating apps. Could be, elite dating community is a lot bigger than you’d expect.

Her

Members 450,000
Popularity 15,000/daily
Gender proportion females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook, Instagram
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $14.99 – $89.99
Free version main features are free
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Her is an app for lesbians, bisexual, and queer women to connect and meet new people. The app is also open for bi-curious women who are looking for experiments.

Her lesbi dating
Her main page

Among the most popular dating apps, it’s definitely a go-to choice for quirky women. The community is incredibly friendly, features are well-thought-out, and the platform offers a lot of ways to stand out. You can share your achievements and interests on a personal blog and get to know your partner better. An idea of mixing a social media website and a dating app really seems to work for Her.

Tinder

Members 40 million
Popularity 2 million per week
Gender proportion 60% males, 40% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email, phone number, Facebook
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $9.99 – $120
Free version mail features are free
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

Tinder is probably one of the most famous free dating apps — a lot of people at least once had tried the whole swipe and match thing. It is easy and effective as it covers almost every part of the world.

Tinder main page

At first, Tinder was created like an online dating app for any type of relationship, although it turned out to be a hookup app fast. Nevertheless, there are still people who are looking for a bit more than just a hookup. Usually, the whole information is spilled in their bios under the photo. No matter what you are looking for, you can swipe for it left or right.

So, what made Tinder one of the most popular dating apps out there, if not the most famous one altogether? The answer is obvious: user experience. Dating on Tinder is fun. While other websites focus on compatibility, sure results, and detailed profiles, Tinder’s team thought that less is more. And it turned out to be right. You only need a picture and a bio to get started. Somehow, it’s enough to land a hookup and even a serious relationship. 

OkCupid

Members 10 million
Popularity 1 million daily logins
Gender proportion 35% females, 65% males
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification Facebook
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $7.95 – $23.70
Free version basic
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

OkCupid gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and is on the top among others most popular online dating apps. The app is focused on helping people to find more serious relationships. So if you are looking for a hookup, that’s not the place.

OkCupid main page

OkCupid is also open for anyone from the LGBTQ+ community to register and try. A lot of users are successful in their matches, and the app has a low rate for fake profiles and scammers.

OkCupid became one of the most popular dating apps due to its modern approach to dating. The website isn’t even all that new: the platform was founded in 2001. Still, the team managed to capture values of Millenials and Gen Z well enough. You have a fun registration form with creative questions, a detailed Feed, and the freedom to choose between casual dates and serious relationships. Add to that a great free version (you can message people with a basic profile) and a fast support team, and you get a recipe for success, which is exactly what OkCupid has been.

App State
Texas Clover, eHarmony
Washington D.C Plenty of Fish, Zoosk
California Match
Florida EliteSingles
Virginia Adult Friend Finder, Cams.com

Clover

Members 1 million
Popularity 200,000/monthly
Gender proportion 50% males, 50% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $29.99 – $89.99
Free version basic features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Clover is the dating app that is simple as Tinder and has a great matchmaking algorithm. The only thing that can ruin it for you is a human factor.

Clover website

The app is modern, neat, and easy to use. It will be a pleasant try if you haven’t used it yet.

Plenty of Fish

Members 78 million
Popularity 2 million logins daily
Gender proportion 60% males, 40% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $19.35 – $81.40
Free version basic
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Plenty of Fish saying it all with their name. They have been on the market for a long time now, yet they are constantly upgrading their app.

POF welcome page to dive in for more fish

They have a huge pool of users to match with and detailed profiles to make a final verdict if you should continue with this person or move on. Plenty of Fish is one of the most popular dating apps on the market. It has been around for a while and proved its efficiency for many couples.

However, POF has issues. There are many fake profiles and there have been a few privacy scandals. It’s obvious that the website team hardly prioritizes safety over sheer user numbers. If you are new to online dating, keep in mind Plenty of Fish might not be the safest destination for a beginner.

Match

Members 13 million
Popularity 900,000 daily
Gender proportion 55% makes, 45% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $12.99 – $107.88
Free version free main features
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Match.com was around for decades now. It is considered the best alternative for the Craigslist Personals. The platform is easy to navigate and will be comfortable even if you have never tried online dating.

Match.com main page with their benefits

The website has 13 million users worldwide. That will give you a chance to meet those people who match you the best. It’s an old dating website but still, Match is one of the most popular dating apps out there. The interface is constantly redesigned so it’s hard to recognize a platform created in 1998.

Match is a fully-paid platform: you need to purchase a subscription for $35.99. However, as a result, you get a great dating experience with no ads and a dedicated community that’s really interested in finding love. Even if you weren’t popular on Tinder or OkCupid, Match can work well for you: getting 20-30 requests is a routine thing here.

eHarmony

Members 29 million
Popularity 16 million active weekly
Gender proportion 53% males, 47% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email, Facebook
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $34.97- $431.38
Free version main features
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

EHarmony is a serious app. The matchmaking engine claims to find your second better half and your true soulmate. The app is focused on finding you marriage material person for a serious relationship.

Match.com main page with their benefits

As a part of the registration, you will have to pass a couple of personality tests to make it possible for the app to match you with the top options. eHarmony is known for its long registration form and precise registration algorithms. The statistics prove that the site works: eHarmony contributed to 10% of American marriages.

eHarmony doesn’t let you look for Matches on your own. The website offers a selection of the most compatible profiles. On the one hand, it’s great for dates who don’t like to scroll the Feed on their own, but also, there’s no freedom. Still, it works: eHarmony is one of the most popular dating apps in the United States and worldwide.

Zoosk

Members 40 million
Popularity 1,600,000 users daily
Gender proportion 55% males, 45% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email, Facebook, Google
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $29.95 – $89.98
Free version basic
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Zoosk is an upgrade version of a Tinder. Here you can join the community when you are finally tired of Tinder and want to find someone mature and less creepy.

Zoosk main page that follow you to the instant registration

Zoosk is easy to navigate and has a huge pool of users. Yet it may seem too pricey. Also, even though Zoosk seems to be one of the most popular dating apps up to date, you should keep in mind that about 30% of these profiles are real. Finding an active member is pretty difficult. You have to go through many profiles before finding someone who’s actually willing to meet.

EliteSingles

Members 5 million
Popularity 900,000 weekly
Gender proportion 50% males, 50% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $37.95 – $239.40
Free version basic
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

EliteSingles app was created for young professionals to connect with like-minded people.

EliteSingles main page

It is way easier to get in than to The League. But still, you would need to provide personal information and social media links. That allows for avoiding fake profiles and scammers.

The main selling point of Elite Singles is that it’s one of the most popular dating apps for successful professionals. Not super successful like in The League or Raya, but people with careers, degrees, and properties. If you want to date someone up successful, Elite Singles is a realistic dating destination.

AdultFriendFinder

Members 80 million
Popularity 400,000 users daily
Gender proportion 70% males, 30% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $39.95 – $239.95
Free version basic
Fraud risk high
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

AdultFriendFinder has bee around for a long time. It was once on the same level as Craigslist personals. Even now, Adult Friend Finder is known as one of the most popular dating apps for hookups. It’s a top destination for sexual games, roleplay, swinging, online sex, and group activities. You can talk to soulmates, share erotic dreams and cool stories, and learn a lot about sex. Adult Friend Finder is an experienced dating community, and it’s one of its selling points.

AdultFriendFinder site look
AdulrFriendFinder main page

Here is where you go to find swinger couples for you or anyone who has kinky fetishes. That is the ultimate platform to be free and be open about your sexual preferences.

Cams.com

Members unknown
Popularity 14,000 models online
Gender proportion 75% male, 15% female, 10% transgenders
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app none
Price $12.73 – $18.19
Free version basic account
Fraud risk high
Hookup chance ☆☆☆☆☆

Cams.com platform was created not for dating but the visuals mostly. You can register and join the platform to have full access to the huge pool of models who are always online and ready to play and give a good view.

Cams.com main page

You won’t end up offline with any of the models, but you most certainly can have a lovely evening in with them through your laptop. There are chat rooms, and live webcam shows are available.

Facebook Dating

Members worldwide
Popularity millions every day
Gender proportion 50% males, 50% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification activate Facebook Dating
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price free of charge
Free version free
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Facebook took the same path as others and added dating apps to their algorithm too. Now you can activate the Facebook Dating and start right there.

Facebook Dating main page

It is free of charge, and Facebook claims to create more relevant matches than anyone before. After all, it is convenient. Everyone is on Facebook, why not add a little dating too. Obviously, Facebook dating will get to the list of the most popular dating apps in no time, but you might want to think twice before creating an account. Keep in mind that Facebook has a questionable privacy reputation. Perhaps, sending nude pictures, sexting, or sharing relationship details on the platform that compromised itself multiple times might not be the best idea.

Grindr

Members 10 million
Popularity 3 million/daily
Gender proportion LGBTQ+
Geography USA, Europe, International
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $9.99 – $47.88
Free version all main features are free
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★★☆

Grindr is an ultimate online dating app for gays who are looking for a hookup. Also known as the most popular meet app.

The biggest gay dating app

The app is easy to navigate and find yourself matches around and according to your sexual preferences or fetishes.

Ship

Members 300,000
Popularity 10,000/weekly
Gender proportion 65% male 35% female
Geography USA, Europe, International
Mobile app iOS
Price free
Free version free
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★☆☆☆

Ship is not a typical dating platform, and it’s a fresh air within new popular dating apps. Here is where you can register even if you are in a relationship.

Ship main page

You can check out profiles and send them to your friends who are also using Ship and see if that would be a perfect match for them or not. The app is more playful than anything serious.

Raya

Members 750,00
Popularity 100,000/monthly
Gender proportion 55% male 45% female
Geography USA, Europe, International
Mobile app iOS
Price $8 – $30
Free version basic
Fraud risk low
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

Raya is more of a networking platform than a dating app. Yet you’ll never know, so it is worth a shot, and it is one of the popular meeting apps. You can meet people from the most interesting industries and give them a chance.

Raya minimalistic main page

Though, it is better to have someone you know who is already using it. It will be easier to connect that way.

99Flavors

Members 95 million
Popularity 150,000/weekly
Gender proportion 60% males, 40% females
Geography USA, Europe, International
Account verification email
Mobile app none
Price $9.95 – $239.40
Free version basic
Fraud risk medium
Hookup chance ★★★☆☆

99Flavors is for swingers. The app was created for people who are tired of Tinder, and every single time gets blocked as Tinder doesn’t allow you to have an account as a couple.

99Flavors erotic main page

99 flavors might be the new top swinger app on the market. It might seem pricey, but it is worth trying it.

Popular meeting apps connect people

To your attention, some of the statistics of 2019 year to sum up the general results.

The age range of dating apps USA users

The age range in percentage that you could have met on any dating platform in the USA in 2019.

The age range of dating apps USA users

It is almost equal now between males and females users, which is excellent.

Incomes and social status of dating apps users

We can see here the percentage of people with different incomes and social status who are using online dating apps.

Pure – most popular dating app

Find your hookup adventure in one hour

Pure users are looking for adventures. They value anonymity, straightforwardness, and intimacy with no obligations.

The application works quickly and simply — no long registrations or endless questionnaires, no social media links or photo albums. The algorithm uses end-to-end encryption and deletes profiles and chats in an hour after they start.

Upload your favourite selfie, find the person who turns you on and start texting. You have one hour to arrange an adventure together.

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FAQ

What is the most popular dating app?

The most popular apps now are Hinge, Pure, and OkCupid.

Why should I consider dating on the most popular dating websites?

The bigger the user pool is, the easier it’ll be to find a match nearby, especially if you live in a small town. Also, popular apps have a lot of videos and free materials. You’ll get tips about uploading pictures, user experiences, and pranks from Youtube, all for free. Once you are more experienced in online dating, you might want to try something more exotic, but for beginning and intermediate dates, sites from our top list should do just fine.

What are the most used dating apps?

The most used apps are Tinder, Grindr, Pure, and OkCupid.

What is the most successful dating site?

There top three: PlentyOfFish, Pure, and OkCupid.

Which dating site is best for serious relationships?

Hinge, CoffeMeetsBagel, and OkCupid are great apps to download and find the match for a more serious relationship.

Which dating sites actually work?

They all seem to work, but Tinder, Pure, and some of hook up sites are the most useful.

Do paid dating sites work better?

Usually, yes, they work better. Paid platforms allow you to meet less of scammers and fake profiles.

What is the best dating site for over 40?

If you are over 40, you should try apps like OurTime, Pure, and SilverSingles.

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James Miller
Born in Los Angeles, graduated from a college as a journalist, and spent several years as a freelancer writing about cultural events. From 2017, James writes about love and relationships and explores dating services.

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    3 Comments

    1. I tried dating on less popular dating websites but ultimately, it’s always a disappointment. What’s the point of dating if there’s no registered members in my neighborhood? So this list of the most popular dating apps might be my next chance – maybe, this way I can find someone in my small town. I hope I can make some progress with this.

    2. I never tried dating online before, and it’ll be my first time. Honestly, I am nervous, but I feel like dating on these most popular dating apps might be safer and I’ll have more options. Also, I didn’t hear about some of these sites before. you’ve done a good job here.

    3. Okay, I was waiting for this. I already tried so many lists and tops of most popular dating apps but they all seemed too similar. Like, I am not interested only in marriage. Here, it looks like I might count on some hookups, too (and hopefully, not from Tinder). Adult Friend Finder and Pure seem really promising (although the first one is ridiculously expensive). Wish me luck!

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