These Are The 10 Best Places In California To Catch Pokemon


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

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So, you want to catch ’em all, huh?

Pokemon 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 people in California who want to have the inside scoop as to where they should go if they want to dominate this addicting game.

After analyzing every place in California, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokemon in the Golden State:

  1. Villa Park (Photos)
  2. Sausalito (Photos)
  3. Woodside (Photos)
  4. La Habra Heights
  5. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos)
  6. Tiburon (Photos)
  7. Atherton (Photos)
  8. Loomis
  9. Emeryville (Photos)
  10. Indian Wells (Photos)

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

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

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

In order to rank the best places in California in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in California have the most places to find Pokemon.

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.

Note: When measuring the locations listed above, we measured the locations within a short drive of the center of each place in California.

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1. Villa Park

Villa Park, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,911
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.15
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.4
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.15
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 4.57

2. Sausalito

Sausalito, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,043
Parks Per 1,000 People: 8.52
Museums Per 1,000 People: 5.68
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.52
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 4.83

3. Woodside

Woodside, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,427
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.06
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.58
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.06
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.87

4. La Habra Heights


Population: 5,398
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.12
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.22
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.12
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.96

5. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Parks Per 1,000 People: 7.33
Museums Per 1,000 People: 3.67
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.33
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 5.99

6. Tiburon

Tiburon, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,100
Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.59
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.4
Churches Per 1,000 People: 6.48
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 4.18

7. Atherton

Atherton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,034
Parks Per 1,000 People: 8.53
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.99
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.53
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.42

8. Loomis


Population: 6,589
Parks Per 1,000 People: 9.11
Museums Per 1,000 People: 3.04
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.11
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.97

9. Emeryville

Emeryville, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,497
Parks Per 1,000 People: 5.72
Museums Per 1,000 People: 5.72
Churches Per 1,000 People: 5.72
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.91

10. Indian Wells

Indian Wells, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,089
Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.79
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.77
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.79
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.57

There You Have It

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

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

  1. Long Beach (Photos)
  2. Oakland (Photos)
  3. Anaheim (Photos)
  4. San Diego (Photos)
  5. Sacramento (Photos)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In California To Catch Pokemon

City Rank Population
Villa Park 1 5,911
Sausalito 2 7,043
Woodside 3 5,427
La Habra Heights 4 5,398
Rolling Hills Estates 5 8,184
Tiburon 6 9,100
Atherton 7 7,034
Loomis 8 6,589
Emeryville 9 10,497
Indian Wells 10 5,089
Signal Hill 11 11,245
Corte Madera 12 9,478
Piedmont 13 10,957
Fowler 14 5,908
Hughson 15 6,895
Los Alamitos 16 11,598
Calistoga 17 5,244
Commerce 18 12,975
Los Altos Hills 19 8,244
Grand Terrace 20 12,252
Mill Valley 21 14,178
Sebastopol 22 7,535
Escalon 23 7,252
Cotati 24 7,347
Hawaiian Gardens 25 14,432
Hillsborough 26 11,148
La Palma 27 15,791
Fairfax 28 7,546
Palos Verdes Estates 29 13,568
San Marino 30 13,294
Sierra Madre 31 11,060
Calimesa 32 8,143
Moraga 33 16,549
El Segundo 34 16,839
Guadalupe 35 7,160
Clayton 36 11,328
Albany 37 19,020
Pismo Beach 38 7,789
Orinda 39 18,390
Santa Fe Springs 40 16,859
Laguna Woods 41 16,302
Lomita 42 20,539
Artesia 43 16,698
Canyon Lake 44 10,810
Larkspur 45 12,131
Capitola 46 10,043
Cudahy 47 24,073
Solana Beach 48 13,146
South El Monte 49 20,375
Shasta Lake 50 10,143
El Cerrito 51 24,136
Marysville 52 12,144
Hermosa Beach 53 19,725
Pinole 54 18,754
Coronado 55 24,333
Pacific Grove 56 15,365
Lemon Grove 57 25,963
South Pasadena 58 25,914
Scotts Valley 59 11,711
Maywood 60 27,703
Ripon 61 14,645
Grass Valley 62 12,861
Farmersville 63 10,675
Livingston 64 13,461
San Anselmo 65 12,527
Lafayette 66 24,685
Half Moon Bay 67 11,803
Anderson 68 10,066
Loma Linda 69 23,648
Seal Beach 70 24,477
Sonoma 71 10,818
Laguna Beach 72 23,114
Orange Cove 73 9,473
Port Hueneme 74 21,949
Fort Bragg 75 7,274
Millbrae 76 22,177
Gridley 77 6,566
West Hollywood 78 35,053
Kingsburg 79 11,582
Oroville 80 16,015
San Fernando 81 24,050
St. Helena 82 5,895
Beverly Hills 83 34,536
Belmont 84 26,503
Rancho Mirage 85 17,634
Lawndale 86 33,155
Agoura Hills 87 20,630
Bell 88 35,896
Exeter 89 10,468
Riverbank 90 23,310
Oakdale 91 21,260
Auburn 92 13,690
Solvang 93 5,345
Walnut 94 29,822
Saratoga 95 30,627
Fillmore 96 15,203
Healdsburg 97 11,466
San Pablo 98 29,516
Ione 99 7,318
San Carlos 100 29,166

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