These Are The 10 Best Places In Virginia To Catch Pokémon


These are the cities and towns in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia, here is our list of the best places to catch Pokemon in the Old Dominion:

  1. Dumfries (Photos)
  2. Bridgewater (Photos)
  3. Vinton (Photos)
  4. Falls Church (Photos)
  5. Strasburg (Photos)
  6. Bluefield
  7. Ashland (Photos)
  8. Manassas Park (Photos)
  9. Buena Vista (Photos)
  10. Lexington (Photos)

As you might note, these are all smaller suburbs of major cities in Virginia. 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 Virginia 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 Virginia in which to catch ’em all, we had to determine which cities, towns and villages in Virginia 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 Virginia.

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1. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Population: 5,122
Parks Per 1,000 People: 10.93
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.56
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.71
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.32

2. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,812
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.13
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.72
Churches Per 1,000 People: 10.32
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.55

3. Vinton

Vinton, Virginia

Population: 8,129
Parks Per 1,000 People: 6.77
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.6
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.38
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.95

4. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Population: 13,074
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.59
Museums Per 1,000 People: 4.59
Churches Per 1,000 People: 4.59
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 4.59

5. Strasburg

Strasburg, Virginia

Population: 6,486
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.47
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.54
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.25
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.39

6. Bluefield


Population: 5,375
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.79
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.93
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.16
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.86

7. Ashland

Ashland, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,264
Parks Per 1,000 People: 3.99
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.26
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.65

8. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Population: 14,992
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.0
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.8
Churches Per 1,000 People: 4.0
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.87

9. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,683
Parks Per 1,000 People: 1.8
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.35
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.08
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.65

10. Lexington

Lexington, Virginia

Population: 7,114
Parks Per 1,000 People: 1.69
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.59
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.55

There You Have It

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

  1. Alexandria (Photos)
  2. Portsmouth (Photos)
  3. Roanoke (Photos)
  4. Richmond (Photos)
  5. Hampton (Photos)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In Virginia To Catch Pokemon

Rank City Population
1 Dumfries 5,122
2 Bridgewater 5,812
3 Vinton 8,129
4 Falls Church 13,074
5 Strasburg 6,486
6 Bluefield 5,375
7 Ashland 7,264
8 Manassas Park 14,992
9 Buena Vista 6,683
10 Lexington 7,114
11 Woodstock 5,164
12 Poquoson 12,103
13 Williamsburg 14,401
14 Smithfield 8,159
15 Marion 5,931
16 Abingdon 8,176
17 Big Stone Gap 5,559
18 Galax 6,981
19 Martinsville 13,745
20 Wytheville 8,193
21 Herndon 24,141
22 Hopewell 22,375
23 Colonial Heights 17,542
24 Purcellville 8,350
25 Radford 16,993
26 Salem 25,120
27 South Boston 8,069
28 Warrenton 9,774
29 Franklin 8,534
30 Farmville 8,350
31 Vienna 16,173
32 Covington 5,853
33 Fredericksburg 26,632
34 Pulaski 8,993
35 Fairfax 23,507
36 Bristol 17,595
37 Front Royal 14,709
38 Manassas 40,436
39 Emporia 5,682
40 Christiansburg 21,427
41 Richlands 5,698
42 Waynesboro 21,177
43 Winchester 27,031
44 Danville 42,704
45 Staunton 24,132
46 Ashland 7,264
47 Petersburg 32,439
48 Culpeper 16,968
49 Alexandria 146,422
50 Charlottesville 44,505
51 Blacksburg 43,204
52 Portsmouth 96,007
53 Lynchburg 77,626
54 Leesburg 46,211
55 Harrisonburg 50,821
56 Roanoke 97,949
57 Hampton 136,904
58 Richmond 211,063
59 Newport News 181,362
60 Suffolk 85,477
61 Norfolk 244,745
62 Virginia Beach 445,623
63 Chesapeake 228,168
64 Lynchburg 77,626

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