Georgia is the No. 13 Best State for Urban Treasure Hunting

Staff Report

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

Where can modern-day treasure seekers discover “hidden gems” — literally and figuratively?

To mark National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24, LawnStarter excavated the data landscape and ranked 2023's Best States for Urban Treasure Hunters.

Georgia's Rank in Some Key Metrics (1st = Best)

  • Number of Pawn Shops - 3rd

  • Number of Jewelry Shops - 8th

  • Number of Geocaching Locations - 6th

  • Number of Mining, Metal Detector, and Hardware Supply Stores - 9th

  • Number of Metal Detecting Clubs - 14th

What is urban treasure hunting? We compared the 50 states based on the number of geocaching locations, antique shops, storage-unit auctions, and metal detecting clubs, among 14 total metrics. We also looked at whether each state allows metal detecting in state parks.