Quite simply, in Pokemon Go, how are Pokemon distributed?

From my experience, they appear to be based on the trainers in the vicinity, because there are many Pokemon and trainers at my house, but in my local town, there is nearly no Pokemon! But neither are there any Pokestops.

Are Pokemon spawns more common in highly populated areas? Are they based on the density of Pokestops? Or what about the amount of Pokemon Go trainers in the near vicinity?

  • Related: Why are there no Pokemon near me? – Angzuril Apr 26 '17 at 17:44
  • @Angzuril , is it a dupe? – VortexYT Apr 26 '17 at 17:45
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    I'm not sure. The top answer seems to cover what you want, but that doesn't make the question a duplicate. – Angzuril Apr 26 '17 at 17:46
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    This got close-votes for being off topic (Dev intent), but it's really not. After all, he's not asking why they're distributed that way, just how (as in: Where to find the pokemon). However imo it's a dupe of the other (the answer needed here is covered by the other) – Oak Apr 26 '17 at 18:11
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    Possible duplicate of Why are there no Pokémon near me? – Oak Apr 26 '17 at 18:12

It's not really clear how the algorithm works. I know pokestops are user submitted so you can try and submit one in your town. The current known areas are the water Pokemon are near water but that is the only solid evidence known right now. Many reports of players not having ghost Pokemon in graveyards or no rock Pokemon in the mountains. There was a decent discussion on the matter a while ago HERE but that was about it in regards to public knowledge.

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