Which is the most popular Pokemon hunted for in each US state

In 2016 we saw those around us staring deeply into their phone shouting stuff like “there is RED GYM here” and “I am going to catch a Pinsir”. This was the world of Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality game which uses the mobile’s GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon. The game was downloaded over 500 million times around the world making it one of the most popular (and profitable) games.

At the height of the Pokémon Go craze, Decluttr.com published a graphic showing which state was searching for which Pokémon. In 2017 for its one year anniversary, an update to the game was released so are players still hunting for the same virtual creatures?

To do this, they paired phrases such as ‘where is…’ and ‘how to find…’ with all the Pokémon in the game and then measured search volume in each state.

It seems like Florida is trying to get ahead of the game but searching for Mewtwo which is a legendary Pokemon but has not been released yet. Rumour has it, that these types of Pokemon will be available via the Gym Raid feature…

Here are the Pokémon each state has been searching for this year:

Pokemon Go Anniversary Map

Here’s the full list of Pokémon each state is searching for this year (with 2016’s data included for comparison!).

State 2016 Pokémon 2017 Pokémon
Alabama Ditto Para
Alaska Eevee Eevee
Arizona Pikachu Pikachu
Arkansas Charizard Blastoise
California Squirtle Snorlax
Colorado Porygon Abra
Connecticut Golem Charmander
Delaware Pikachu Pikachu
Florida Mewtwo Mewtwo
Georgia Abra Ditto
Hawaii Pikachu Eevee
Idaho Mew Raichu
Illinois Eevee Eevee
Indiana Moltres Mew
Iowa Vaporeon Vaporeon
Kansas Pikachu Dragonite
Kentucky Pinsir Pichu
Louisiana Electrabuzz Mew
Maine Charizard Bulbasaur
Maryland Ditto Kabuto
Massachusetts Dragonite Ditto
Michigan Gengar Dragonite
Minnesota Gyarados Umbreon
Mississippi Pikachu Pikachu
Missouri Squirtle Ditto
Montana Bulbasaur Smeargle
Nebraska Mew Para
Nevada Eevee Eevee
New Hampshire Abra Togepi
New Jersey Articuno Charizard
New Mexico Zapdos Jigglypuff
New York Ditto Charizard
North Carolina Eevee Pikachu
North Dakota Scyther Abra
Ohio Dratini Pikachu
Oklahoma Vulpix Squirtle
Oregon Lapras Gyarados
Pennsylvania Aerodactyl Squirtle
Rhode Island Pikachu Tyranitar
South Carolina Staryu Gengar
South Dakota Ditto Espeon
Tennessee Zapdos Pikachu
Texas Eevee Bulbasaur
Utah Charmander Umbreon
Vermont Persian Golem
Virginia Onix Kabuto
Washington Moltres Snorlax
West Virginia Growlithe Flareon
Wisconsin Metapod Vulpix
Wyoming Blastoise Umbreon

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