Top Pet-Friendly Cities (Part I)

Your pets will love these cities.

For a lot of us, pets are family, even though they’re covered in fur. Naturally, the nearly 90 million households in the nation that own pets want to reside in cities where their beloved furry family members can enjoy long, healthy lives without going broke.

In the past, pet owners had access to just a handful of companies providing animal services and supplies. PetSmart and Petco were among the biggest names. The market for pet businesses is increasing due to consumer demand.

The pet food industry has grown in global value to over $100 billion. The industry has also flourished at a quicker rate than packaged or fresh food for humans. There are new ways to purchase products for your animal including monthly subscription boxes.

Pet Expenses

Adding an animal to the family roster can be a hit to the wallet. A big list of expenses includes medical care, grooming, and licenses. The cost can be anywhere between $227 to more than $2,000 yearly, based on the type of animal. Health insurance by itself can go over $200 annually for a dog. If you rent an apartment with a pet, be ready to pay hundreds more for a pet deposit and rent.

With animal parents in mind, this study compared the pet-friendliness of the 100 biggest U.S. cities across key metrics. The data set ranges from the smallest pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. Scroll down for the results and pet advice from a panel of animal care experts.

Key Findings

Go west – 7 of the top 10 dog-friendly cities are located in western states. California, for instance, scored excellently with lots of dog parks and sunny weather. Though, the top three cities aren’t in Cali. They possess what many Californians don’t have and that is affordable housing.

You will have to pay if you want the best for your furry loved one. If you want to live in a dog-friendly city, you’ll probably have to go deep down into your savings account.