Why These Dating Apps for Minnesota Singles Are Surging

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People who have never lived in Minnesota (or a neighboring state) just don’t understand how amazing it is to have someone special to cuddle up with when it’s negative a billion degrees outside and there’s six feet of snow everywhere. Unfortunately, the dating scene in the state has a lot of things that make finding that match way harder than it should be.

This is the main reason we wrote this guide—to introduce you to the technology that can help you find love (or at least someone temporary to keep you warm) in Minnesota. The best Minnesota dating apps help to bridge the gaps and correct the issues that make dating in the state so hard.

Let’s all put down our snow shovels, grab a coffee or a mini-soda (get it?) and begin this journey together. Our team is going to showcase the top dating apps in Minnesota, talk to you about what the dating scene in the state is really like, and fill you full of data that will help you to know how to get the results you’re looking for.

Zoosk’s expansive approach matches well with Minnesota singles’ relationship goals.

Zoosk screenshot of matches with Minnesota skyline in the background

When we start talking about the dating scene in Minnesota, we’re going to touch on something that you may very well be aware of already. Singles in the state are polarized when it comes to their relationship goals. In other words, they’re either heavily looking to settle down, get married, and pop out some kids, or they’re looking to have some casual, non-committal fun and take things at their own pace.

If Minnesota singles are so wildly different in their goals, how do you pick a dating app that is best for both worlds? Thankfully, Zoosk exists. Normally, we’re pretty hard on dating apps that try and “do too much” and be “everything to everyone.” Zoosk, however, masterfully offers a great service to singles looking for love and singles looking for Mr. or Ms. right now—all at the same time. In fairness, we do think they’re better on the less-commitment side of the aisle, but there are success stories from people looking for long term.

And with over 30 million members (no, not all in Minnesota, but a ton are) and clear filters and options for wildly different relationship goals—Zoosk is easily the best Minnesota dating app, even if we don’t know what they name means.

Minnesota Christians (74% of the population) are flocking to Higher Bond.

Higher Bond Dating App Screenshot

Higher Bond is a dating app launched in 2023 (very new) that caters to the more serious side of Christian dating. Currently, many of the Christian dating apps on the market like the newer Upward or the long established Christian Mingle err more on the side of casual. Higher Bond, on the other hand, takes aim at helping Christian singles who value their faith as extremely important to them and their relationships.

And in Minnesota, over 74% of the population is Christian and 46% of adults in the state say that religion is very important (28% say somewhat important). So you can see why an option like Higher Bond would be a pretty adequate fit for a large sect of the population.

One thing to be aware of is that we mentioned Higher Bond is pretty brand new. While this is exciting, it can also mean occasional software bugs and a smaller membership size. The good news, though, is that Higher Bond is currently offering their service for free as a result of this, so you don’t have a whole lot to lose and can probably deal with any small glitches that come with a new app.

If your faith matters to you in a mate, check out Higher Bond.

Catholic Match is a long-standing option for singles in Minnesota

CatholicMatch Homepage Screenshot

Behind Protestant, Catholic is the largest faith group in the state of Minnesota. Catholic Match is a dating app designed specifically for this group of singles in the state. As the largest Catholic dating app in the world, there’s a lot to like. First, the site uses a proprietary matching algorithm (called Match Portrait) to help make better connections. Second, Catholic Match has a robust library of articles and training courses to help you date better as a Catholic Single.

What is a little odd is that while most of the courses in the app are completely free, there are a few random ones that are for sale. We think that maybe this was something they tried years ago and just never removed from the platform, but hard to say. Regardless, most of the supportive teaching material on Catholic Match is free to use.

And most important of all, Catholic Match has a track record of success that has even gotten the app noticed and endorsed by Catholic leaders making it a stellar fit for Catholic Singles in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s progressives will seriously enjoy OKCupid’s inclusivity features.

OkCupid Screenshot

When it comes to politics, ideals, and beliefs—Minnesota is a pretty polarized state. The bigger cities tend to be more on the side of change and moving away from the traditional status quo, where the outskirts and smaller towns tend to be a bit more on the conservative side. What on Earth does this have to do with dating? Well, we wanted to include a Minnesota dating app that caters to those more on the progressive side of things.

OKCupid has been around since 2004 and has always strived to be on the forefront of diversity and inclusion within the dating world. For example, in 2013 the company announced that it was the first to include 22 different gender options and 13 different orientation options. Stats wise, the company claims there were over 91 million connections made last year between singles, though, we don’t really know what classifies as a connection.

OKCupid is definitely not going to be a great fit for everyone, but for a lot of the singles within the bigger cities of Minnesota—it probably will be.

Polarized approaches, security, and track records make these top Minnesota dating apps.

I think it’s just so important to share the reasons our team chose certain apps and not others. Without that transparency, rankings and recommendations are about as worthless as they come. This is why I’ve included four of the main factors that went into this list. It’s certainly not all of them, but a big piece of the process.

1. Casual and serious options to match a polarized population.

As mentioned, many of you may be here for wildly different relationship goals. Maybe you want something serious, or maybe you just want to get out there and get your feet wet? Regardless, we included dating app options that are masters of each end of the spectrum as well as one (Zoosk) that caters will to both.

2. An intense focus on user security.

There’s no sense in wasting a minute of your time with a dating app that’s not safe. Period. Hard stop. The dating apps and sites we’ve recommended here take this aspect of their businesses seriously. This means reinvesting a large chunk of their resources in technology and processes to keep you safe. This is also one of the main reasons you won’t find any 100% free Minnesota dating apps listed because they just don’t have the resources to be as proactive as we’d like to see them.

3. Track records of success with matchmaking.

We could have retitled this as “is the dating app any good at what it claims to be good at?” It’s so easy for apps to talk the talk, but we really want to see quantifiable results. For example, eHarmony has helped over 2 million people find love. Amazing. Zoosk has over 3 million messages sent daily. Also amazing. These are the sort of track record data details we feel should (and do) carry a lot of weight.

Free dating apps in Minnesota?

One of the more popular searches we see from people in Minnesota is a look for any free dating app options in the state. Technically, yes, there are some options that are completely free like Plenty of Fish. The problem, though, as we already stated is that free dating apps don’t have the resources and money to invest in a quality and safe online dating experience for you. Period.

In other words, you are going to get what you pay for. And if you’re not in the mood to rifle through fake accounts and fight off spammers and scammers at every turn, invest a few bucks in your search for love. All of the Minnesota dating apps we recommend come with a free trial (though limited) to help you check things out yourself. These can be found at the top of the guide.

All of this begs the follow up question—what is the dating scene in Minnesota really like? Well, here’s what we’ve seen.

Transplants dating may be slow to integrate.

Minnesota natives tend to be a “keep to ourselves” type of people. That means that people from out of state moving here may have to work a little harder to build friend groups and find romantic connections.

Cuffing season is real here.

If you aren’t familiar with the term, it refers to people wanting to get together throughout winter and the holidays mainly driven by the weather and a fear of holiday loneliness. Guess what? This is huge in Minnesota, as it usually is in states where the winters are quite frigid.

The “winter coating” trend is also a real thing in Minnesota.

Along with cuffing season comes another trend that is one singles need to be on the lookout for—winter coating. This term refers to people reaching out to their exes during cuffing season. Two takeaways from this. One—if you’re getting the urge to reach out to someone you aren’t with anymore and it’s purely for seasonal reasons, resist the urge. Two—be on the lookout for your exes reaching out to you during this time of the year. Chances are they’re not looking for something longer term than winter even if they say so.

The clichés that everyone is too nice affects the dating scene.

I have to agree with the clichés that most people (not everyone) in Minnesota is super nice. Unfortunately, this has a bit of a negative effect on the dating scene. People here tend to be a little more hesitant to speak their mind or share their true feelings. Be on the lookout for sugar coating or people doing things just to avoid conflict.

Politics are in play in the cities and the suburbs.

While Minnesota is known for being a fairly liberal state, that doesn’t ring true for the suburbs and more rural areas. What this has to do with dating is that many people in the state do seem to care more about their stances on issues when it comes to choosing a partner. While we think you can totally date someone from a different political party, not everyone in Minnesota agrees with us.

You’ll meet a lot of single lifers.

“Yea, I’m going to move somewhere without snow or winter.” How many times have you heard this from someone who just never seems to pick up and leave Minnesota? These “lifers” tend to be the majority and not the minority in the state—and that’s okay. We share this in case you’re someone who wants to try living somewhere else so that you’re aware to check if the person you’re interested in is really interested in ever leaving the state.

People’s relationship goals are quite polarized.

We touched on it but just adding here for completeness. Singles in Minnesota seem to be pretty dead set on what they want out of a relationship. It’s either hardcore looking for love or leave me alone casual. We respect anytime someone knows what they want. Just don’t try and start a relationship with someone with a different goal and don’t use a Minnesota dating app that doesn’t match what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for you husband on Tinder or a quick connection on eHarmony, you’re going to have a bad time.

As we hinted in our intro, we think that data holds the key to helping singles better understand the environment they are in which can bring confidence and…well…understanding. With that in mind, let’s dig in a little.

Our team decided to take a look at the data and get to the bottom of which cities in Minnesota are most interested in online dating. What we did was look at the volume of internet searches for online dating over the past 12 months from each city and metropolitan area. Below, you’ll see which two cities came out on top. Oh, and just in case you’re worried because you don’t live in any of these areas—don’t be. There are singles all over the state. These are just the areas with more search traffic over the past year.

Minnesota Google Trends Data for Online Dating
  1. Minneapolis – St. Paul MN (100)
  2. Fargo-Valley City ND (52)

As you probably expected, the primary interest area is in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Maybe that’s why both cities were in the top five list of best cities for singles (teaser for the next section)? And the reason you see an area that includes North Dakota on the list is because the study was broken down into major metropolitan areas, which sometimes cross state lines.

Next stop on the Minnesota data express? Well, how about the whole state of Minnesota?

In a recent study on the best cities for singles in the USA, our team of researchers looked at the 100 largest cities in the country and how they ranked in quality for single men and women. Two cities from Minnesota made the list, and they made the list with a big splash. St. Paul came in at 5th place with a very strong showing in all categories. The city did particularly well in the dating amenities category.

But the city that did the best was Minneapolis, which ranked #1 in the entire United States for cities for singles! That’s not #1 in Minnesota, but that’s #1 in the entire U.S. Bravo Minneapolis.

  • 1st – Minneapolis
  • 5th – St. Paul
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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.