Originally published Feb. 9, 2014.
Dating. Either you love it or hate it! Serendipity works for some, but you don’t have to wait forever for fate to bring you love. It’s time to take matters into your own hands. (This is a PG site folks!)
Everyone and their brother are online looking for love. Match.com says 40 million Americans use online dating sites, which is about 40% of the single population according to the US Census. Huffington Post reports that online dating is now the second-most common way for couples to meet!
Maybe you’ve just been “looking for love in all the wrong places!” You can skip sorting through thousands of dull, undesirable profiles on the big dating sites and stop wasting time with people who don’t share your flair. To change your strategy and narrow the field, sign up on one of these niche dating sites that fits the bill:
20 Unique Dating Sites:
Dating Sites for Geeks
There really is a dating site for every one. We love our books and TV shows, but if that is a passion of yours that you need your partner to share in, we have a couple of suggestions for you. Geek used to be an undesirable name, but oh, how times have changed! Geeks are now the hot, high wage earning, gadget loving go-to guys and gals who have garnered respect from the masses! If you’re a geek or are hoping to attract one, check out one of these dating sites for people with higher intelligence and a propensity towards tech.
- TrekPassions/ TrekDating
Find someone you’ll want to Klingon to! For people with a love for “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” and other favorite sci-fi films, there is a dating site out there for you. Trekdating is exclusively for Trekkies looking for other Trekkies. Trek Passions is part of Passions Network, which offers more than 200 niche dating sites for all kinds of passionate interests, from mustaches to vampires! You might get lucky and find out she already has a Princess Leia costume, or he can recite poetry in Romulan.
Broneymate is a website that is geared toward fans of the show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” There is a huge Broney and Pegasister following of “Friendship is Magic.” There are conventions and multiple forums that host gathering for Bronies to connect and share art work, fan fiction and music. This site offers something a little more in the way of romance than other sites.
- Whovian Love
Who is your favorite Doctor? That is a question that is up for much debate for lots of “Doctor Who” fans, or Whovians. While the Doctor is always changing his companion, you don’t have to. Now you can find someone to travel the spectrum of time with you. Allons-y!
As the site says: “Geeks make the best friends and lovers, because they’re smart and they’re loyal.” (Does that sound like a description for a Labrador retriever to you, too?) Regardless of their copywriting skills, this site looks to be a great resource for finding people who will share a love of anything from fine wine to web design.
Dating Sites for Animal Lovers
Birds of a feather flock together! There are animal lovers and non animal lovers. No sense wasting time with your beautiful blond if she’s allergic to man’s best friend! If you’re really into pet friendly people, there are several sites that bring together people and their pets.
We all have that furry friend in our lives that we can’t live without. We found the place you can go and meet people who love their pets as much as you do. Must love pets, dates for you or your pet.
- Meet Dog Lovers
Meet dog lovers, place where people who have fur children that they adore. Meet other people with their own fur children that have the same wants and needs as you.
Dreaming about riding into the sunset with the love of your life? Love could be waiting for you at EquestrianSingles.com
A dating site for cat lovers! If you’re finicky about finding someone who will love your “Fluffy” as much as you do you’ll want to check this site out!
For Those Who Are Waiting
Are you saving yourself for marriage? Want to date someone who shares your values? There’s a site dedicated to those who are saying, “I won’t” until they’ve said, “I do.”
- Christian Mingle
Is a site for Christians looking for other Christians that share the same ideals. It’s one of the more recent sites for that is specifically targeted for people’s specific religious needs.
Other Niche Dating Sites
- Farmers Only
This site is only for those who prefer good, old-fashioned traditional values and fresh country air. Suit-wearing, latte-drinking, yuppie city folks need not apply!
- Tattooed Singles
A site for people who are passionate about body art, tattoos and piercings. It’s just my suspicion, but I’d bet people on this site are less likely to be afraid of commitment than other sites!
- Biker Kiss
Motorcycle riders unite! BikerKiss is the #1 site for biker singles to find relationships and romance with others who share their love of leather and the open road.
From lacto-vegetarians to vegans, here’s a site for those who are just waiting for true love to sprout! Don’t struggle with other dates who prefer steak and eggs for breakfast when you’re into smoothies and green juices the morning after, find someone who shares your panache for passion fruit that makes you pucker.
Political Dating Sites
- Democrat Singles/ Liberal Hearts
Find liberal love with like-minded progressive people.
- Republican People Meet / Conservatives Only
Look no further if you’ve been searching for a romance with a single conservative!
- Libertarian Passions
Looking for love but want want the government to give you some privacy? This is the place for you.
Dating Sites for Criminals
- Women Behind Bars & Inmate
Incarcerated men and women looking for love and marriage. While unable to access the internet, these inmates would love to be your penpal.
The options are endless, and while many of these sites are fun to talk about, if you’re serious about finding love, you need to keep your head in the game. You can check out the reviews of many dating sites with several different apps like Stroovy, the controversial Lulu, or datingadvise.com.
Before you dive in head-over-heels with the heartthrob or hottie of your dreams, be careful! Not everyone plays fair when it comes to love. Protect yourself from online dating scammers; Dr. Nerdlove has some great tips to check out so you don’t get Catfished! You can always just do the vanilla Match.com or eharmony, or, if you are tired of people and just want to go solo, you can always browse AHAnoir or Adam and Eve.