These Are The 10 Best Places In West Virginia To Catch Pokemon


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

  1. Nitro (Photos)
  2. Dunbar
  3. Vienna (Photos)
  4. Princeton (Photos)
  5. Bridgeport (Photos)
  6. Grafton (Photos)
  7. South Charleston (Photos)
  8. Bluefield (Photos)
  9. New Martinsville (Photos)
  10. Elkins (Photos)

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

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1. Nitro

Nitro, West Virginia

Population: 6,860
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.52
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.02
Churches Per 1,000 People: 8.75
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.06

2. Dunbar


Population: 7,844
Parks Per 1,000 People: 4.84
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.65
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.93

3. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Population: 10,654
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.53
Museums Per 1,000 People: 1.31
Churches Per 1,000 People: 5.63
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 3.0

4. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Population: 6,387
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.35
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Churches Per 1,000 People: 9.39
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.88

5. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Population: 8,316
Parks Per 1,000 People: 3.13
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.22
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.28

6. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Population: 5,179
Parks Per 1,000 People: 1.54
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.59
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 2.51

7. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,380
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.99
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Churches Per 1,000 People: 4.48
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.79

8. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Population: 10,465
Parks Per 1,000 People: 3.44
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Churches Per 1,000 People: 5.73
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.15

9. New Martinsville

New Martinsville, West Virginia

Population: 5,322
Parks Per 1,000 People: 2.44
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Churches Per 1,000 People: 11.27
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.13

10. Elkins

Elkins, West Virginia

Population: 7,241
Parks Per 1,000 People: 1.38
Museums Per 1,000 People: 0.69
Churches Per 1,000 People: 7.73
Public Gathering Places Per 1,000 People: 1.66

There You Have It

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

  1. Wheeling (Photos)
  2. Weirton (Photos)
  3. Beckley (Photos)
  4. Martinsburg (Photos)
  5. Clarksburg (Photos)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places In West Virginia To Catch Pokemon

Rank City Population
1 Nitro 6,860
2 Dunbar 7,844
3 Vienna 10,654
4 Princeton 6,387
5 Bridgeport 8,316
6 Grafton 5,179
7 South Charleston 13,380
8 Bluefield 10,465
9 New Martinsville 5,322
10 Elkins 7,241
11 Moundsville 8,960
12 Hurricane 6,352
13 Oak Hill 8,270
14 St. Albans 10,939
15 Keyser 5,350
16 Buckhannon 5,646
17 Wheeling 28,129
18 Martinsburg 17,508
19 Weirton 19,523
20 Clarksburg 16,437
21 Beckley 17,529
22 Parkersburg 31,195
23 Fairmont 18,746
24 Morgantown 30,133
25 Charleston 50,911
26 Huntington 49,053

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