A house isn't a home without your furry family members, but not every city is as pet-friendly as you want it to be.
The first housing challenge you face as a pet owner is finding somewhere to live in the United States that will accept your animals. If you rent, you could end up paying hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on a pet deposit. Breed specific legislation, size restrictions, and rules that limit the number of pets you can have make finding a place for your fur friends to call home difficult, but that's not the end of the struggle.
A home isn't only the building you live in. It's the town and surrounding areas, and you want to have access to everything you need to keep your furry friend healthy and happy, Veterinary clinics, pet stores, groomers, off-leash dog parks, and generally dog-friendly areas are all must-haves. Thankfully, more and more areas are embracing pet ownership. Dogs and cats are treated as family, and that demand has sparked a national trend to make owning a pet a little easier.
After analyzing information from the 100 largest U.S. cities, WalletHub has come up with a conclusive list of the best (and worst) places to own a pet. They compared data including the number of dog-friendly restaurants per capita, the number of veterinarians per capita, lowest veterinary care costs, and several other relevant facts to determine which cities are the most pet friendly.
Newark, New Jersey came in last place with a score of only 38.89 out of 100. They have their lack of pet-friendly outdoor areas and expensive pet care services to thank for their disappointing position.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Scottsdale, Arizona takes the overall title as Most Pet-Friendly City in the Country. While pet owners still need to have a relatively high pet-care budget, the area ranks second in "Outdoor Pet Friendliness" with their awesome hiking trails and first in "Pet Health & Wellness." It's a great place for dog lovers!
Surprisingly, cities with young people, the highest demographic with pets, like Portland and San Francisco came in 26th and 31st places, respectively. Big cities like New York and Chicago are also obviously low on the list due to the lack of natural geography.
Here's a look at the top 10 best places to raise pets.
Most Pet-Friendly Cities
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Phoenix, AZ
- Tampa, FL
- San Diego, CA
- Orlando, FL
- Birmingham, AL
- Austin, TX
- Cincinnati, OH
- Atlanta, GA
- Las Vegas, NV
Find out if your city made the list by checking out WalletHub's full ranking here.
Do you live in a pet-friendly city with your furry best friend? Let us know in the comments.
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