These Are The 10 Best Places In North Carolina To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in North Carolina 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?

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 people in North Carolina 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 North Carolina, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokémon in the Tar Heel State:

  1. Ayden
  2. Sawmills
  3. Woodfin
  4. Pineville
  5. Marvin
  6. Fletcher
  7. Gibsonville
  8. Trinity
  9. Aberdeen
  10. Conover

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in North Carolina. 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 rare Pokémon 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 North Carolina 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 Pokémon?

In order to rank the best places in North Carolina in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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1. Ayden


Population: 5,018

Suburb of: Greenville

Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.18
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.39
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.96
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 11.96

2. Sawmills


Population: 5,164

Suburb of: Hickory

Parks Per 1,000 People: 7.75
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.94
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.62
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.1

3. Woodfin

Woodfin, North Carolina

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,167

Suburb of: Asheville

Parks Per 1,000 People: 9.73
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.43
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.73
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.76

4. Pineville

Pineville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,855

Suburb of: Charlotte

Parks Per 1,000 People: 7.64
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.16
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.64
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.16

5. Marvin

Marvin, North Carolina

Source: Marvinnc.Org

Population: 5,806

Suburb of: Charlotte

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.33
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.86
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.33
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.38

6. Fletcher

Fletcher, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,320

Suburb of: Asheville

Parks Per 1,000 People: 8.2
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.2
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.96

7. Gibsonville

Gibsonville, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,565

Suburb of: Winston-Salem

Parks Per 1,000 People: 3.96
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.91
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.14
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.68

8. Trinity


Population: 6,648

Suburb of: Asheboro

Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.81
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.03
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.71

9. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,702

Suburb of: Raleigh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 3.58
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.95
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.28

10. Conover

Conover, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,200

Suburb of: Hickory

Parks Per 1,000 People: 5.12
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.32
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 0.98

There You Have It

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

  1. Cary
  2. Greenville
  3. Hickory
  4. Asheville
  5. Wilmington
  6. High Point
  7. Greensboro

The worst? Winston-Salem and Jacksonville.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In North Carolina To Catch Pokemon

City Rank Population
Ayden 1 5,018
Sawmills 2 5,164
Woodfin 3 6,167
Pineville 4 7,855
Marvin 5 5,806
Fletcher 6 7,320
Gibsonville 7 6,565
Trinity 8 6,648
Aberdeen 9 6,702
Conover 10 8,200
Summerfield 11 10,477
Winterville 12 9,424
Oak Ridge 13 6,435
Mount Holly 14 13,815
Knightdale 15 12,692
Unionville 16 6,180
Cherryville 17 5,826
Butner 18 7,661
Boiling Spring Lakes 19 5,529
Carolina Beach 20 5,888
Mills River 21 6,917
Nashville 22 5,469
Hillsborough 23 6,256
King 24 6,732
Stokesdale 25 5,177
Ahoskie 26 5,017
Elon 27 9,516
Harrisburg 28 13,549
Archdale 29 11,322
Leland 30 15,316
Selma 31 6,172
Spring Lake 32 13,101
Wesley Chapel 33 7,882
Belmont 34 10,346
Wendell 35 6,085
Southern Pines 36 12,782
Davidson 37 11,492
Lewisville 38 13,037
Oak Island 39 7,051
Weddington 40 9,906
Graham 41 14,384
Hamlet 42 6,566
Newton 43 12,998
Hendersonville 44 13,350
Pinehurst 45 15,052
Wadesboro 46 5,711
Hope Mills 47 16,024
Brevard 48 7,651
Waynesville 49 9,770
Stallings 50 14,185
Clemmons 51 19,101
Mocksville 52 5,086
Dunn 53 9,570
Kill Devil Hills 54 6,810
Kings Mountain 55 10,743
Garner 56 26,723
Rockingham 57 9,444
Williamston 58 5,410
Whiteville 59 5,465
Matthews 60 28,677
Roxboro 61 8,330
King 62 6,732
Marion 63 7,948
Mebane 64 12,509
Lincolnton 65 10,601
Waxhaw 66 10,878
Smithfield 67 11,357
Henderson 68 15,325
Mount Airy 69 10,411
Morrisville 70 20,728
Black Mountain 71 7,977
Carrboro 72 20,337
Boone 73 17,802
Laurinburg 74 15,799
Oxford 75 8,585
Albemarle 76 15,924
Clinton 77 8,729
Shelby 78 20,283
Washington 79 9,768
Mint Hill 80 23,934
Morganton 81 16,816
Kernersville 82 23,522
Statesville 83 25,132
Cornelius 84 26,246
Eden 85 15,543
Thomasville 86 27,042
Tarboro 87 11,323
Roanoke Rapids 88 15,653
Kinston 89 21,589
Reidsville 90 14,249
Holly Springs 91 27,339
Fuquay-Varina 92 20,246
Goldsboro 93 35,908
Lexington 94 19,029
Clayton 95 17,274
Lenoir 96 18,061
Salisbury 97 33,524
Burlington 98 51,740
Asheboro 99 25,573
Chapel Hill 100 58,379

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