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Researchers have found that friendships are more likely to last if both friends live near each other.[citation needed]

I'm using OkCupid, a free online-dating and friend-matching site. When I search for matches, OkCupid lets me filter the list of potential matches by proximity. But the closest proximity option is "within 25 miles of me". How can I search for matches who live within 5 miles of me?

NOTE: For non-US users, OkCupid's 5-mile and 10-mile proximity filters usually don't work as expected. Outside the US, these filters can't narrow down search results within cities.

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OkCupid have kindly finally made this easy to achieve.

  1. Visit http://www.okcupid.com/match.

  2. Click on the drop-down list which lets you choose your search radius.

  3. Choose "5 miles".

  4. Click the big blue "Search" button.

If you want an even finer-grained search, tell OkCupid to show only matches within 5 kilometers. Kilometers are smaller than miles; 5 kilometers equal approximately 3.1 miles.

NOTE: For non-US users, OkCupid's 5-mile and 10-mile proximity filters usually don't work as expected. Outside the US, these filters can't narrow down search results within cities.

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