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?

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 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 Pokemon in the Tar Heel State:

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

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 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 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 Pokemon?

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
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
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


Population: 6,167
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

Population: 7,855
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


Population: 5,806
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

Population: 7,320
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: Public domain

Population: 6,565
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
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

Population: 6,702
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: Public domain

Population: 8,200
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 Pokemon, 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 (Photos)
  2. Greenville (Photos)
  3. Wilmington (Photos)
  4. High Point (Photos)
  5. Greensboro (Photos)

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

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

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