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:
- Eldridge (Photos)
- Hiawatha (Photos)
- Pleasant Hill (Photos)
- Nevada (Photos)
- Grimes (Photos)
- Norwalk (Photos)
- Nevada (Photos)
- Clear Lake (Photos)
- Glenwood (Photos)
- 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.
Population: 5,908Parks 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
Population: 7,109Parks 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
Population: 9,011Parks 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
Population: 6,794Parks 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
Population: 9,037Parks 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
Population: 9,444Parks 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
Population: 6,794Parks 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
Population: 7,718Parks 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
Population: 5,253Parks 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
Population: 5,165Parks 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.
- Urbandale (Photos)
- Council Bluffs (Photos)
- West Des Moines (Photos)
- Ankeny (Photos)
- Waterloo (Photos)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places In Iowa To Catch Pokemon
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