These Are The 10 Best Places In Pennsylvania To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokémon in the Keystone State:

  1. Sharon Hill
  2. Fox Chapel
  3. Bridgeville
  4. Duquesne
  5. Norwood
  6. Turtle Creek
  7. Crafton
  8. Exeter
  9. McKees Rocks
  10. Swarthmore

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in Pennsylvania. That’s because in smaller cities, there are a higher number of places per capita where rare Pokémon are traditionally found. Meaning you’ll find more 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in Pennsylvania have the most places to find Pokémon.

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 Pennsylvania.

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1. Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,685

Suburb of: Philadelphia

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.55
Museums Per 1,000 People: 10.55
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.55
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 10.55

2. Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,397

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.12
Museums Per 1,000 People: 5.74
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.12
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 8.15

3. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,142

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.67
Museums Per 1,000 People: 3.89
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.67
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 7.78

4. Duquesne

Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,558

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.8
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.68
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.8
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 9.9

5. Norwood

Norwood, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,897

Suburb of: Philadelphia

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.17
Museums Per 1,000 People: 9.67
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.17
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 10.17

6. Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,335

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 11.25
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.69
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.25
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 6.56

7. Crafton

Crafton, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,931

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.12
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.22
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.12
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 9.27

8. Exeter

Exeter, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,633

Suburb of: Scranton

Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.65
Museums Per 1,000 People: 2.49
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.65
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 9.23

9. McKees Rocks


Population: 6,088

Suburb of: Pittsburgh

Parks Per 1,000 People: 9.86
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.27
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.86
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 8.54

10. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,198

Suburb of: Philadelphia

Parks Per 1,000 People: 9.52
Museums Per 1,000 People: 5.49
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.36
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 9.68

There You Have It

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

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Bethlehem
  4. Harrisburg
  5. Allentown
  6. Scranton
  7. Lancaster
  8. The worst? Harrisburg and Williamsport.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In Pennsylvania To Catch Pokemon

City Rank Population
Sharon Hill 1 5,685
Fox Chapel 2 5,397
Bridgeville 3 5,142
Duquesne 4 5,558
Norwood 5 5,897
Turtle Creek 6 5,335
Crafton 7 5,931
Exeter 8 5,633
Mckees Rocks 9 6,088
Swarthmore 10 6,198
Folcroft 11 6,615
Clifton Heights 12 6,656
Forest Hills 13 6,501
Coraopolis 14 5,655
Arnold 15 5,090
Oakmont 16 6,358
Nazareth 17 5,723
Ridley Park 18 7,021
Glenolden 19 7,150
West View 20 6,752
Ambler 21 6,481
Steelton 22 5,959
Conshohocken 23 7,864
Olyphant 24 5,178
Moosic 25 5,712
Swoyersville 26 5,038
Catasauqua 27 6,477
Hatboro 28 7,403
Kennett Square 29 6,123
Monaca 30 5,721
Collegeville 31 5,263
Collingdale 32 8,778
Shillington 33 5,272
Castle Shannon 34 8,317
Bellevue 35 8,338
Pleasant Hills 36 8,291
South Williamsport 37 6,370
Dormont 38 8,565
Carnegie 39 7,960
Clarks Summit 40 5,101
Swissvale 41 8,963
New Cumberland 42 7,276
Birdsboro 43 5,158
Hollidaysburg 44 5,792
Pittston 45 7,702
Taylor 46 6,230
Westmont 47 5,086
Red Lion 48 6,343
Brentwood 49 9,625
Lansdowne 50 10,618
Clairton 51 6,752
Blakely 52 6,534
Darby 53 10,689
Camp Hill 54 7,891
Brookhaven 55 8,045
Milton 56 7,017
Bristol 57 9,657
Plymouth 58 5,905
Bellefonte 59 6,250
Yeadon 60 11,506
Shenandoah 61 5,002
Vandergrift 62 5,142
White Oak 63 7,851
New Brighton 64 5,973
Mechanicsburg 65 8,971
Bangor 66 5,256
Archbald 67 7,053
Wilson 68 7,852
Munhall 69 11,355
Old Forge 70 8,265
Millersville 71 8,320
Lewisburg 72 5,781
Stroudsburg 73 5,528
New Holland 74 5,407
Palmerton 75 5,382
Selinsgrove 76 5,698
Souderton 77 6,668
Milton 78 7,017
Gettysburg 79 7,632
Northampton 80 9,921
Media 81 5,341
Whitehall 82 13,931
Schuylkill Haven 83 5,368
Lititz 84 9,386
Ambridge 85 6,973
Arnold 86 5,090
Wilkinsburg 87 15,894
Shippensburg 88 5,479
Emmaus 89 11,291
Lehighton 90 5,427
Economy 91 9,133
Sugarcreek 92 5,238
Connellsville 93 7,578
Perkasie 94 8,511
Nanticoke 95 10,395
Milton 96 7,017
Palmyra 97 7,399
Jefferson Hills 98 10,984
Oxford 99 5,100
Franklin Park 100 13,882

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