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Which Pokémon does each state want the most in Pokémon Go? One year on…

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This time last year, the U.S. was in the grip of Pokémon Go fever. Cities across the nation were swarmed by people desperately hunting for their favorite monsters, with Central Park in New York City becoming a mecca for Pokémon Go players.

At the height of the Pokémon Go craze, Decluttr.com published a graphic showing which state was searching for which Pokémon.  To celebrate the game’s anniversary, Decluttr.com decided to revisit its data and find out which Pokémon each state is searching for in 2017 – has the introduction of Gen 2 Pokémon changed players’ priorities, or are they still hunting for the same monsters?

This year’s info and graphics can be seen at: decluttr.com/blog/2017/07/06/pokemon-go-most-wanted-2017/

To do this, Decluttr.com paired up phrases like ‘where is…’ and ‘how to find…’ with all the Pokémon in the game and then measured search volume in each state.  Like last year, the most wanted Pokémon in America is Pikachu. This is no surprise given Pikachu is the official Pokémon mascot, although it also suggests that everyone’s favorite little electric mouse is pretty hard to find!

In second place is Eevee, who is at the top of four states’ most wanted lists. Three of those states (Alaska, Illinois and Nevada) were also looking for Eevee last year, with Hawaii joining the list in 2017 after finding Pikachu last year. Five more states are also still hunting for the same Pokémon one year on: Arizona (Pikachu), Delaware (Pikachu), Florida (Mewtwo), Mississippi (Pikachu) and Iowa (Vaporeon).

Meanwhile, eight states have moved onto catching the Gen 2 Pokémon released in February this year. They include Kentucky (Pichu), Minnesota (Umbreon), Montana (Smeargle), Togepi (New Hampshire), Tyranitar (Rhode Island), Utah (Umbreon) and Wyoming (Umbreon).

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks!
Glenn Mandel

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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