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?

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 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 Pokémon in the Old Dominion:

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

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 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 Virginia in which to find the most Pokémon, 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

Source: Wikipedia

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: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Bluefield, Virginia

Source: Flickr

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: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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<
  2. Portsmouth
  3. Roanoke
  4. Richmond
  5. Hampton

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Virginia To Catch Pokemon

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

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