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. Des Moines (Photos)
  8. Clear Lake (Photos)
  9. Glenwood (Photos)
  10. Winterset (Photos)

As you might note, most 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 Poké 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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Flickr

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

Source: Flickr

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. Des Moines

Nevada, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 206,794
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

Source: Wikipedia

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: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

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