Why These 3 Dating Apps are Best for San Diego Singles

San Diego is an undeniably beautiful city that epitomizes the idea of California living. It is never too cold or too hot, the beaches and people are equally beautiful, the food is amazing, there is high cultural diversity, and so much more. The problem is, dating in San Diego can feel a bit like a chore. 

Sadly, this is because the main focus among local singles seems to be on hookup culture. There is so much swiping and so many one-night-stands that the entire town starts to feel a bit like a college campus. 

Luckily, there is a way to overcome this issue—more fitting San Diego dating apps that lend themselves more to real relationships. That’s what we’ll be looking at today. But just in case you are looking for something a bit more casual, make sure to check out our list of the top casual dating apps.

Keep it classy San Diego (couldn’t help ourselves).

Best San Diego Dating App for Meaningful Dates

Compared with the rest of the state of California, San Diego only lags slightly behind with the percentage of people who are already married (46% vs 48%). This is a pretty strong signal to us that committed relationships and possibly marriage are things of importance to San Diego singles. And frankly, you don’t have to go much further than the forums for the city to see people disgruntled with the aggressive hookup culture and influx of tourists looking for that one-weekend-tour-guide (a clear spin on the one-night-stand, San Diego style).

eHarmony is a dating app that works hard to solve these problems. Number one—eHarmony is 100% dedicated to helping people find committed relationships. Number two—it is not easy to change your location on eHarmony or search by proximity to find people looking for casual hookups in the area. These two factors together weed out the tourists, get rid of the flaky folks, and makes it a San Diego dating app ideal for locals who are tired of the games.

Now, do not expect eHarmony to do much for you if you’re looking for casual dating or to meet tourists. Depending on your goals, this is a big positive or a huge drawback.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward a more rewarding online dating experience with local singles looking for the same goals as you, give eHarmony a go.

A San Diego Dating App for Professionals

San Diego is absolutely filled to the brim with successful singles from all walks of life. With an economy built on tourism, innovation, and the military, you can imagine just how many of the 1.4 million people here fall into that professional bracket.

That population breakdown makes adding Elite Singles to our list of the best San Diego dating app pretty dang easy. What else do we like about the app besides a higher concentration of professional singles? Several things. First, a classic dating app approach that moves away from the more recent surge of swipe-style dating. It helps you to get to know other singles as the person they are and not just a few photos and a few seconds.

Second, the majority of the people on Elite Singles are late 20s and early 30s and older. This means the dating app will be filled more with people who are through their party stage in life and looking to find something lasting.

If you’re open to meeting singles who haven’t prioritized their career or success in life, Elite Singles may not be the right fit for you. But there are a lot of people who qualify being successful in other non-career areas of their lives, so you may be pleasantly surprised.

If you like a good balance of a great career and an even better love life, check out Elite Singles.

An Online Option for Latinos in San Diego

Chispa Homepage

If you’re looking for that spark and you’re specifically looking for a Latino spark, then Chispa may be the San Diego dating app for you. Why? Well, first of all—Chispa is Spanish for spark, so that’s a real good start. This relatively new dating app (launched in 2017) is pretty simple to use at it’s core, but does have a lot of paid upgrades you can take advantage of that complicate things a little bit.

Why Chispa? First, almost one-third of the people who live in San Diego are Hispanic, and many of these people are single and looking for people within their ethnic group. Second, the app is simple to use. It’s basically Tinder for Latinos (and Latinas) that operates solely on proximity and mutual matching.

This is a bit of a drawback when you have a lot of tourists in town (35 million per year to be exact) because if they are close by, they will show up. But, if you’re okay with dating out-of-towners or swiping through them, Chispa can certainly work for you.

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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.