What are the best resources for meeting people near me?

  • #1
    Written on January 14, 2017
    Connie Peters
    "Craigslist is a great way to meet really normal people near me. I posted an ad looking for a friend and had several people interested in getting together in just a couple hours. I really like the casual encounters section best."
  • #2

    $20.99 - 12 months, varies by plan

    Written on March 26, 2017
    Geraldine Carroll
    "Match.com gives me to the option to login with either facebook or create an account for myself to look up potential suitors in my area. The people I will be matched to based on my preferences (for example my interests, age, gender and any other information needed) that I put into their website."
  • #3
    Written on February 24, 2017
    Dale Miller
    "Meetups is indeed an awesome way to enrich and diversify ones' social, intellectual & cultural reach. By my lights, using this approach to facilitate meeting new circles of people validates the job that this new website is all about. I have used this type of channels before to do just that, and I have never regretted doing so."
  • #4
    Written on February 28, 2017
    Julie Rowe
    "Badoo is excellent for meeting people close to you. I used it when I moved to a new city and, immediately almost, I was able to connect with some really cool people. I also used it to find dates. It is literally the reason that I have friends in my new city. I highly recommend Badoo!"
  • #5

    Android , iOS , Web

    Free - with in-app purchases

    Written on February 12, 2017
    Leo Ray
    "I was able to find a variety of people around me, but there was no information about them to go on other than superficial things. This is not an effective way of establishing any kind of meaningful relationship with another person."
  • #6
    Written on February 23, 2017
    Jeff Garza
    "This is a pretty good site to give you the opportunity to meet others. I'm excited that I can meet others from all over the world. I can have relationships like I've never had before. I love to meet other people and would love to see points of view of others from other countries. This is an easy, unique, and effective way to share ideas with others who are alike."
  • #7
    Written on January 16, 2017
    Jimmy Roe
    "There are tons of people around us to meet but maybe we just don't have a way to meet these people. Looks like with Minecraft Realms you can create online areas that people can join and play with you. If they are interested in Minecraft then you are likely to meet up with these people since you will be having the same interest in Minecraft."
  • #8
    Written on January 27, 2017
    Teresa Neal
    "I've been using this for a week and I've already met a dozen people. It is so easy to use and you can meet new people within the same day and even within the same hour. It was very fun posting my likes and interacting with other users who have the same interests near me. I highly recommend this product."
  • #9
    Written on March 1, 2017
    Curtis Warren
    "This app is great for meeting people with similar interests in my area! It lets me see pictures, common friends and interests and what people are up for doing if we meet. It really makes it easy to find people I would like to get to know."
  • #10
    Written on January 9, 2017
    Jesse Bell
    "This resource makes it easy for me to find and meet people with my same values and desires. There have been a few "rotten apples" pulled from the Grindr site, but that hasn't stopped me from having some fun relationships."
  • #11
    Written on January 15, 2017
    Gertrude Dawson
    "My experience with hi5 was just okay. It works like any other location-based dating app except it has a fun, short matching game when you first sign up which is supposed to make it easier to meet local people. Unfortunately, not too many people use hi5 in my area. I bet it is just as good as the other major dating apps if you live in a high population area."
  • #12
    Written on February 24, 2017
    Deborah Ellis
    "So I recently used Nearby because I wanted to meet some people in the neighborhood I just moved to in South Florida. A friend told me he had good success with it for his purposes, so I gave it a shot too. The experience was overall a good one. I do wish I knew how to filter out more people that I know I would not be compatible with. I ended up meeting two great friends through Nearby."
  • #13
    Written on February 22, 2017
    Sheila McCalister
    "I'm new to this city, and really don't know anyone outside of work who can show me around the town. Thankfully I discovered Showaround, which connects you to locals who want to introduce you to the greatest hidden treasures in their city. I've met some really cool people doing this, and had a blast!"
  • #14
    Written on February 23, 2017
    Pete Waters
    "I downloaded fem on my phone about 6 months ago after moving to a new city and have met lots of interesting people on there since. It's a great resource to meet new people like yourself in a not necessarily dating environment."
  • #15
    Written on April 17, 2017
    Georgia Perry
    "If you are looking for sports minded people like your self, then this is for you! I think this is great and a handy tool to hook up with someone that share your love of sports."
  • #16
    Written on March 10, 2017
    Sally Bishop
    "I decided to try out Radar Rabbit on my last road trip. I was traveling, camping in parks, and generally being a tourist. This app was excellent!. I not only met a few interesting people along my journey, but I got all kinds of suggestions on hikes and attractions to check out. I would have missed a lot of cool stuff without Radar Rabbit...and it's free!"
  • #17

    Android , iOS

    Free - With in-app purchases

    Written on September 7, 2017
    Tyler Sullivan
    "I just recently moved to Boulder, CO and I was looking for a resource to meet people near me so I could make new friends. I downloaded this app called JustSayHi which is a free online social chat network, to try to make new connections in this city. Unfortunately, it seems like a majority of the profiles are fake accounts and bots. For every real account, there are roughly 10 fakes accounts on this platform."
  • #18

    Android , Web

    Free - With in-app purchases

    Written on September 7, 2017
    Lawrence Harvey
    "Chatrandom is a wonderful platform that I have used to help come out of my social shell. It is awesome as it allows you to search by area and start conversations with people and if things are not going well just swipe right to move on to someone new. I have met so many wonderful people and some of which I still keep in touch with. Highly recommend it to anyone new in an area or looking to meet new folks."
  • #19
    Written on November 21, 2017
    Russell Henderson
    "This looks like a carbon copy of Tinder, with a lot of in app purchases - this makes me think that I must pay to contact someone. They should really make it so that the person SENDING the first message can only send from a selection of generic topic starters, and then after that you can pay if you decide that the other person might be real. Otherwise, you'll be paying to contact bots and catfish."

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Best resources for meeting people near me
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Craigslist Websites 260 Free
2 Match.com Websites 166 Paid
3 Meetup Apps 160 Free
4 Badoo Apps 132 Free
5 Tinder Apps 129 Free
6 MeetMe Apps 94 Free
7 Minecraft Realms Software 81 Free
8 LOVOO Apps 64 Free
9 Happn Apps 60 Free
10 Grindr Apps 40 Free