The 10 Best Places In Ohio To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in Ohio where you have the best chance to catch ’em all, based on the data of where Pokémon are traditionally found.

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So, you want to catch ’em all, huh?

Pokémon Go has swept the nation, and the app has broken records for the most downloads in the first week of release. All over the country, people are swarming, gathering, and all around going nuts, playing this interactive game.

Since we’re a data analytics website, and because we’re often cited as the ‘go to’ place for regional infotainment, we thought it was our duty to be as helpful as we can for Ohioans who want to have the inside scoop as to where they should go if they want to dominate this addicting game.

So, grab your avatars, cell phones and your Poké Balls as we uncover the truly best places in Ohio in which to find the most Pokémon, based on data.

After analyzing every place in Ohio, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokémon in the Buckeye State:

  1. Newburgh Heights
  2. Walton Hills
  3. Glendale
  4. Silver Lake
  5. Navarre
  6. Gates Mills
  7. Hebron
  8. Evendale
  9. Lakemore
  10. New Miami

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in Ohio. That’s because in smaller cities, there are a higher number of places per capita where Pokémon are traditionally found. Meaning you’ll find more Pokémon in a much smaller area. When you read the analysis below, this will all make sense. Trust us.

We also ranked the larger cities in Ohio for Pokémon catching. More on that later.

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How do you decide where the best place is to catch Pokémon?

In order to rank the best places in Ohio in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in Ohio have the most places where Pokémon are located.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Maps, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of parks per capita
  • Number of museums per capita
  • Number of churches per capita
  • Number of memorials and public gathering places per capita

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a chart of the top cities.

Two notes: When measuring the locations listed above, we measured the locations within a short drive of the center of each city or village in Ohio.

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1. Newburgh Heights

This fairy type was spotted in someone’s backyard in Newburgh Heights playing with her dog.

Population: 2,100

Suburb of: Cleveland
Parks per capita: 1st in Ohio
Museums per capita: 1st in Ohio
Churches per capita: 1st in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 1st in Ohio

2. Walton Hills

Playing a game was interrupted by a Nidoqueen in Walton Hills.

Population: 2,272

Suburb of: Cleveland
Parks per capita: 4th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 2nd in Ohio
Churches per capita: 16th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 3rd in Ohio

3. Glendale

An owner in Glendale got this surprise.

Population: 2,219

Suburb of: Cincinnati
Parks per capita: 2ndin Ohio
Museums per capita: 8th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 10th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 22nd in Ohio

4. Silver Lake

A Piplup was at a Silver Lake park. The kids didn’t seem to care.

Population: 2,520

Suburb of: Akron
Parks per capita: 7th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 11th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 24th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 4th in Ohio

5. Navarre

It must have been hot this afternoon in Navarre, and Akron suburb.

Population: 2,100

Suburb of: Akron
Parks per capita: 8th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 10th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 3rd in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 36th in Ohio

6. Gates Mills

Just when you think you’re alone in the bathroom…

Population: 2,250

Suburb of: Cleveland
Parks per capita: 3rd in Ohio
Museums per capita: 39th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 19th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 8th in Ohio

7. Hebron

In Hebron, they’re all over the place, especially the parks.

Population: 2,339

Suburb of: Columbus
Parks per capita: 31st in Ohio
Museums per capita: 18th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 22nd in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 5th in Ohio

8. Evendale

Poliwhirl likes to look at bread in Evendale supermarkets.

Population: 2,768

Suburb of: CCincinnati
Parks per capita: 9th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 7th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 37th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 24th in Ohio

9. Lakemore

Skitty was captured in the bed of someone sleeping in Lakemore.

Population: 3,055

Suburb of: Akron
Parks per capita: 10th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 27th in Ohio
Churches per capita: 47th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 7th in Ohio

10. New Miami

Who would have thought Squirtle likes to hang out in bars?

Population: 2,100

Suburb of: Hamilton
Parks per capita: 5th in Ohio
Museums per capita: 32nd in Ohio
Churches per capita: 6th in Ohio
Public gathering places per capita: 35th in Ohio

There You Have It

If you’re looking at smaller communities where you have a much higher chance of catching Pokémon, this is an accurate list.

If you’re also curious enough, here’s how the larger cities in Ohio with the most reliable locations to catch a Pokémon rank, according to science.

  1. Best: Akron
  2. 2nd best: Cleveland
  3. 3rd best: Cincinnati
  4. 3rd worst: Dayton
  5. 2nd worst: Toledo
  6. Worst: Columbus

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