Review: Is It Right for You? An In-Depth Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Mar 4, 2020

Finding time for love as a farmer isn’t easy, and it’s even more of a challenge to find people who can relate to your lifestyle.

FarmersOnly is an online dating site for those who love the country. The website targets those who farm or enjoy the farming lifestyle by giving them a platform to connect over that shared interest.

Founded in 2005,® claims to bring people together who love “wide open spaces and blue skies,” and that it solves the problems of trying to date when you live in a small town and know all your neighbors a little too well.

Will this dating service help you find the cowboy or cowgirl of your dreams? We’ll analyze what the platform offers to help you determine if it will serve your interests.

  • You can send “flirts” to other users through a free account
  • Niche community for people with a farming mentality
  • Seems to have a relatively high success rate
  • Website is outdated
  • No matching algorithms
  • No regulations to keep scammers off the site or ensure people like rural living
  • Free members cant communicate with you unless you pay an additional $10 monthly fee
  • Some regions won’t have many active members

How Does FarmersOnly Work?

When you make an account on FarmersOnly, you can start filling out your profile with a brief bio and then answer questions about your lifestyle, including your ethnicity, religious beliefs, drinking or smoking habits, educational level, whether you have children, and more.

You’ll then share information about what you’re looking for in a match, such as height, weight, and age preferences, as well as what kind of relationship you are looking for (casual, friendship, or long term).

Note that FarmersOnly won’t display your real name. Instead, your username will be something like “Cowboy” or “Farmgirl,” followed by a string of numbers. People with premium accounts can modify their nickname, but they still can’t share a real name.

It’s possible to search members on the site based on a preferred age range, their distance from you, or whether they have profile pictures. Flirting and favoriting accounts are free, but you’ll need to pay for a subscription to read the flirts sent to you.

Flirt options include several dozen pre-written phrases, including “My computer dared me to send you a flirt,” “Wishing you a HAPPY Harvest,” “Will you be my Spring Fling?” and more.

You can use the discover feature to browse suggested accounts by picture only and indicate whether you are interested or not by selecting a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’. Only members who you thumbed up will get a message about your interest.

The number of active online users on FarmersOnly ranged from 15,00–17,000 while we used the site. Users are located across the United States, and about 10% of the membership base is located in Canada.

Today, FarmersOnly’s total membership is around 4.5 million users, and the company claims that they produce more than 100 marriages each year.

Premium Membership Pricing and Features

If you’re ready to send and receive personal messages from other FarmersOnly members, then you will need to commit to a premium membership.

The cost per month depends on how many months you commit to:

  • 1-month membership: $21.95
  • 3-month membership: $13.32/month ($39.96 total)
  • 6-month membership: $10.99/month ($65.94 total)

Signing up for premium enrolls you in a recurring subscription until you cancel your account. You can cancel future subscription renewals at any time through the “Manage Your Subscription” option in account settings.

For an additional $9.99 per month, you can upgrade your account to “Gold Status,” meaning that your messages will be highlighted in gold in other member’s inboxes, and even free members will be able to read and respond to them.

Another premium feature is FarmPhone, which lets you send and receive FarmersOnly messages as text messages on your phone while keeping your number private from other members. Other members don’t need to have this feature for it to work for you. This costs an additional $4.95 per month.

If you need further help with your account or other features, you can contact the FarmersOnly help services at or through the company’s toll-free hotline (888) 755-9655.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

There are close to 300 reviews of FarmersOnly here on HighYa, averaging 3.3-stars. They indicate that this site is polarizing, as almost 90% are either five stars or one star. Here’s a summary of some of the key takeaways from these reviews.

Common Compliments:

  • Lots of reports of successful couples and happy marriages
  • Great way to meet people with similar interests
  • Great way to meet people who live far away from you

Common Complaints:

  • Too many scam accounts
  • Not all users are farmers or ranchers
  • Some users rarely got any response to their messages
  • Too many profiles without pictures
  • Many users were surprised by the subscription billing method

Popular Alternatives to FarmersOnly

There aren’t many dating websites tailored specifically towards rural people, but many outdoor enthusiasts are still likely to have luck on more mainstream dating platforms like Zoosk, Elite Singles, and Here are some of the significant ways they compare to FarmersOnly.

FarmersOnly Zoosk Elite Singles
Price Per Month $10.99–$21.99, plus extras $12.95–$29.99, plus extras $21.95–$77.95 $18.99–$37.99
Matching Process No matching process beyond location or age ranges Shares suggested matches and lets you browse others with Carousel feature Assigns matches based on your personality tests results and your partner preferences Short quiz focused on your demographic information and your basic partner requirements
Free Search Available? Yes No Only through the app Yes
Ability to Search by Income and Education Level? Education, not income No Yes Yes
Key Features The site targets people who like a country lifestyle Possible to connect with members in unique ways by spending coins Claims to tailor to 30+, highly educated members First online dating site (launched in 1995). No limit to daily matches.
Overall App Rating
  • Android: 3.0 (3,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 4.4 (4,000 reviews)
  • Android: 3.8 (500,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 4.4 (67,000 reviews)
  • Android: 2.4 (8,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 3.1 (13,000 reviews)
  • Android: 3 (85,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 3.8 (7,000 reviews)
Number of Members 4.5 million 40 million active users About 2 million 9 million active users

As this chart shows, Zoosk dwarfs the other dating profiles by membership size. There are close to ten times as many active users on the platform as FarmersOnly, which means that you’re likely to find a few people nearby that spark your interest.

Zoosk also utilizes a coin system, which means that the site offers lots of additional items for you to purchase to “buy” attention from other users. This can bring your monthly costs up significantly compared to the base monthly price.

Like FarmersOnly, Elite Singles is a niche site that’s targeted towards older, educated adults who are searching for serious relationships. In both cases, these sites don’t regulate who signs up. You could be a high school dropout on Elite Singles or a nature-adverse city dweller on FarmersOnly. The sites seem to assume that their names will attract their target demographic and fulfill their claims that way.

In our view, most FarmersOnly members seem to indicate some interest in farming, animals, or the outdoors in their profiles.

Another difference from FarmersOnly and these other sites is that it doesn’t include any sort of matching algorithm to help you connect with others. You won’t be asked any questions about your personality or relationship style, and matches are sorted by distance as a default.

The Bottom Line: Is FarmersOnly Worth It?

FarmersOnly is designed to help the busy, outdoorsy types find their forever matches. While the site isn’t exclusively composed of farmers, most users indicate that they have at least a general love for the lifestyle.

Compared to other dating sites, FarmersOnly has an outdated feel. Some might find that to be refreshing, as it simplifies the matchmaking process by getting rid of matching algorithms and pay-per-interaction pricing systems.

Customer reviews indicate that a lot of FarmersOnly members successfully used the site to find a long-term partner. The dating pool is smaller, but there’s a good chance that a lot of potential matches will share your interests, which might save you a lot of time sorting through members on other sites.

If you’re interested in FarmersOnly but concerned you won’t find the right people, we suggest making a free account and sending some flirt messages to people you are interested in. You’ll get an email if they flirt with you back, so, even though you won’t be able to see the flirt, you’ll get the sense of whether they might be interested.

You can then use this response rate to determine whether committing to a premium membership might be worthwhile.

Read 290 Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 3.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 147 4 star: 18 3 star: 4 2 star: 13 1 star:  108
Bottom Line: 59% would recommend it to a friend
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  • I found my cowboy!

    • By Leslie M.,
    • Waco, TX,
    • Mar 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I quit FarmersOnly once then decided to try again. So glad I did!

    A certain cowboy caught my eye with his very sincere profile. I sent THREE messages before he responded! He will never live that down.

    When he told me he loved me, my heart melted.

    Persevere, friends, there is someone for you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • FarmersOnly was a successful

    • By Karen S.,
    • Platteville, CO,
    • Feb 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I met my wonderful man on your website on September 2, 2016. On 2/2/2020 we got married in Las Vegas. John Deere sponsored us. There were tractors in my bouquets and in his boutonniere. It was beautiful. Thank you FarmersOnly.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Billing scam

    • By A V.,
    • Michigan,
    • Jan 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    They bait you with a "per month" charge.

    They bill you the whole amount upfront.

    Then they try to steal $8 to change the subscription.

    All sales are final they said.

    That's BS and I don't do business with all sales are final scammers.

    The site charged me $85 but I cannot use it as it thinks I didn't pay but the charges are on my card.


    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Met the man of my dreams here

    • By Annette K.,
    • New Mexico,
    • Jan 23, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Thank you for helping me find the love of my life, it took a little while, me a year and my sweetheart 5 years to find me. But our paths would never have crossed if not for FarmersOnly. Thank you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • I said YES!

    • By Amy D.,
    • Nov 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I met the love of my life on FarmersOnly in February. On 10/25/19 he asked for my hand in marriage (after asking my parents a week prior). I have farmed and ranched, my entire life...and unless you know the lifestyle, it's hard to understand it. So I gave FO a try and, found a man who loves the same parts of life I do! I have actually known most of his family most of my life, but his part of the family had moved away. I would have never met him, nor would I be planning a wedding right now! Always have faith...I am now marrying my best friend! Thank you!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • In concept it is good

    • By Lew M.,
    • Illinois,
    • Oct 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    FarmersOnly is a good site, but like all site needs additional enhancements. I am a serious horseman, but got hit by 5 scammers on there and more gamers then care to think of. Support did delete them. But they need more mandatory checks and fields filled out. Better searches. If they're not truly farm or horse-related, should be looked a different way. Clean up their databases of old members and not waiting to see if they will return, make them create new profiles. Don't worry about the cost and just collecting money on the site but worry about providing the best customer service, and boosts the integrity in the industry. It goes back to why he created the site for his friend.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Not worth the money

    • By Ron M.,
    • Texas,
    • Oct 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Never did get a live person response, when you get a "likes you" notification and you try to respond, you won't get anything back. It shows the person online most of the time but no response. It's a waste of your time and money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Amazing site!

    • By Kelly K.,
    • Butler, PA,
    • Oct 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was on FarmersOnly for less than a week and found the man of my dreams! We've since gotten married and had a baby. We are so happy and so grateful! We were states apart but your site brought us together. I can't begin to express our feelings and appreciation! We tell everyone about where we met and suggest it to all of our single friends and family! THANK YOU!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Thank you FarmersOnly!

    • By Alexis T.,
    • Texas,
    • Sep 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    So I am going to be honest, I was a little leery about joining a dating website. FarmersOnly was the 1st dating site I ever joined. And I'm thankful that I did because I found my boyfriend. And we couldn't be happier. I think a lot of people have bad ideas or assume dating website are for "hookups." But I found FarmersOnly to be a serious site for people who really are looking for something long term. I'm so happy I met Brandon. Joining FarmersOnly was the best thing I ever did!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • I was leery of another online dating website

    • By Brenda Y.,
    • Saxon, WI,
    • Sep 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was persuaded to go on by my sister. I’m sorry but that Plenty of Fish site, were some real losers...Anyway, I made a profile in mid to late March of 2015. On March 31st I had received an email from James. Well, we emailed for 4 days because I wouldn’t give my number out right away. Then I finally gave it out. We texted and talked for 2 weeks before we met. We lived about 4 hours away, 218 miles from one another. We’ve been together 4 years and are getting married this October 2019.

    I feel that FarmersOnly had a great site, easy to you and view other profiles. It felt safe being on it and I found my love of a lifetime. I moved to Saxon in February of 2016. We have a beef cow-calf operation and a beautiful farm. I would recommend this site to find the perfect fit if you are country born or farmed. It’s not for everyone but it worked for us.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Thanks for my husband!

    • By Amber S.,
    • Salina, KS,
    • Sep 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I had been in an awful relationship and when it ended someone suggested trying FarmersOnly. I met Troy very quickly and we scheduled our first date. That first date lasted twelve hours and we started dating soon after. A year and a half later he proposed and we got married in the wedding of my dreams. We are happily married and love sharing how we met online. We even had our junior bridesmaids carry "You don’t have to be lonely at FarmersOnly," signs. I would love to share the pictures with you! Thank you so much for bringing me my husband!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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