These Are The 10 Best Places In Iowa To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokemon in the Hawkeye State:

  1. Eldridge (Photos)
  2. Hiawatha (Photos)
  3. Pleasant Hill (Photos)
  4. Nevada (Photos)
  5. Grimes (Photos)
  6. Norwalk (Photos)
  7. Nevada (Photos)
  8. Clear Lake (Photos)
  9. Glenwood (Photos)
  10. Winterset (Photos)

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in Iowa. 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 Poke Balls as we uncover the truly best places in Iowa 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 Iowa in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in Iowa 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 Iowa.

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1. Eldridge

Eldridge, Iowa

Population: 5,908
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.16
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.69
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.16
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.52

2. Hiawatha

Hiawatha, Iowa

Population: 7,109
Parks Per 1,000 People: 8.44
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.41
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.44
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.25

3. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Population: 9,011
Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.66
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Churches Per 1,000 People: 6.55
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.22

4. Nevada

Nevada, Iowa

Population: 6,794
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.12
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.83
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.18

5. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Population: 9,037
Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.64
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.22
Churches Per 1,000 People: 6.64
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.0

6. Norwalk

Norwalk, Iowa

Population: 9,444
Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.35
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Churches Per 1,000 People: 6.35
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.95

7. Nevada

Nevada, Iowa

Population: 6,794
Parks Per 1,000 People: 5.15
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.47
Churches Per 1,000 People: 5.74
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.62

8. Clear Lake

Clear Lake, Iowa

Population: 7,718
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.02
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.26
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.78

9. Glenwood

Glenwood, Iowa

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,253
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.86
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.38
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.38

10. Winterset

Winterset, Iowa

Population: 5,165
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.9
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.16
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.39

There You Have It

If you’re looking at communities in Iowa 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 Iowa with the most reliable locations to catch a Pokemon rank, according to science.

  1. Urbandale (Photos)
  2. Council Bluffs (Photos)
  3. West Des Moines (Photos)
  4. Ankeny (Photos)
  5. Waterloo (Photos)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In Iowa To Catch Pokemon

Rank City Population
1 Eldridge 5,908
2 Hiawatha 7,109
3 Pleasant Hill 9,011
4 Nevada 6,794
5 Grimes 9,037
6 Norwalk 9,444
7 Nevada 6,794
8 Clear Lake 7,718
9 Glenwood 5,253
10 Winterset 5,165
11 Iowa Falls 5,193
12 Knoxville 7,257
13 Clive 16,246
14 Red Oak 5,644
15 Algona 5,513
16 Johnston 18,874
17 Altoona 15,317
18 Keokuk 10,742
19 Harlan 5,047
20 De Witt 5,297
21 North Liberty 14,503
22 Fort Madison 10,929
23 Independence 5,955
24 Centerville 5,480
25 Sheldon 5,047
26 Manchester 5,126
27 Shenandoah 5,079
28 Vinton 5,211
29 Waverly 9,998
30 Maquoketa 6,064
31 Mount Pleasant 8,682
32 Waukee 15,944
33 Sioux Center 7,218
34 Coralville 19,677
35 Anamosa 5,526
36 Pella 10,343
37 Atlantic 6,983
38 Grinnell 9,136
39 Denison 8,370
40 Decorah 8,058
41 Oelwein 6,321
42 Fairfield 9,615
43 Marion 35,809
44 Bettendorf 34,247
45 Perry 7,986
46 Cherokee 5,203
47 Storm Lake 10,743
48 Urbandale 41,157
49 Clarinda 5,490
50 Cedar Falls 40,009
51 Oskaloosa 11,555
52 Muscatine 23,857
53 Creston 7,846
54 Spencer 11,177
55 Carroll 10,051
56 Boone 12,619
57 Ankeny 49,488
58 Council Bluffs 62,261
59 Estherville 6,177
60 West Des Moines 59,815
61 Indianola 15,014
62 Newton 15,139
63 Le Mars 9,783
64 Fort Dodge 24,846
65 Burlington 25,559
66 Washington 7,315
67 Waterloo 68,392
68 Ottumwa 24,847
69 Knoxville 7,257
70 Clinton 26,611
71 Marshalltown 27,749
72 Dubuque 58,068
73 Davenport 101,316
74 Ames 61,276
75 Cedar Rapids 128,009
76 Des Moines 206,702

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