Portland is a city of individuals. There is no person too eclectic or different to fit into Portland, which is why we love the city so much. I mean, this is the place that hosts the Annual World Naked Bike Ride, was named by a coin flip, and has a park that measures less than 3 feet across. Portland is that wacky best friend that we all love but don’t quite understand.
Despite how creative and open the citizens of Portland are, many singles still have difficulty when it comes to dating. Part of the problem is the proclivity for young singles to turn to hook-up style apps instead of relationship based ones. If you are looking for love in Portland, check out the apps on our list of the best Portland dating apps designed for you.
Overall #1 Portland Dating App
If there were a dating app that best embodied the “Keep Portland Weird” mantra, it would be Zoosk. And this isn’t because everyone on the app falls into that category, but it’s because there are over 30 million singles and the Zoosk dating app is quite inclusive. These two features coupled together mean a much higher chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for, whether that’s “weird” or more middle of the road.
Zoosk is available on both iOS and Android, as well as through a desktop version if you like kicking it old school. And as the #1 grossing dating app in the App Store, you know that people are enjoying what they get with Zoosk. What’s also neat is signup takes literally like two minutes, so you can start searching through Portland singles super fast—right now.
If you’re more of a traditional type person who would prefer a less-feature rich dating experience, you might like one of the other options on our list as Zoosk does have quite a bit going on. But if you’re cool with learning about new features and having access to a lot of options, go no further.
Best Portland Dating App for Unique Profile Options
Most Portland dating apps have their profiles set up the same way. You have a few pictures at the top, a list of basic information, and then some free-text fields to talk about yourself. Hinge decided to turn this upside down by having more interactive profiles that flow with a mix of information about you and pictures throughout. This creates a more artsy and unique approach to online dating. You can also choose to like certain parts of someone’s profile instead of the standard yay or nay as a whole that you see with other swipe-style apps.
Pricing is a little interesting as you pay a membership fee and then you can also pay for add-ons to get a leg up on other singles. We’d prefer if there was just one or the other as this can cause it to get expensive and out of hand for some people, but it’s how most of Match Group’s (owners of Hinge) apps work.
Best Portland Dating App for Friends or More
So, there is one other city in the country trying to steal the “Keep Portland Weird” motto and it’s Austin, Texas…which happens to be home to the last dating app on our list Bumble. We won’t hold that against them, though. In fact, it shows that the Bumble app was created and is run in a culture that understands Portland singles.
Something unique about the Bumble dating app that we like is that you can choose one of three paths—dating, business, or friends. The app gives you the option to meet people for more than just dating, which we think blends nicely into Portland culture.
For dating, the Bumble app is a swipe-style app that works on mutual matches, much like Tinder. The one difference is that conversations may only be started by women and not by men. Many who are on the push for women’s rights will love this, but many who think it should be equal across the board could have issues. Regardless, Bumble has had quite a bit of success when it comes to dating in Portland.
Written By: Healthy Framework Team
The Healthy Framework team has a combined 50+ years of experience in the online dating industry. Collectively, the team has reviewed over 300 dating apps and is known as one of the leaders in the relationship advice and information space. The team’s work has been featured on Zoosk, Tinder, The Economist, People Magazine, Parade, Women’s Health, Her Campus, Fox, and more.