These Are The Most Dog-Friendly Cities In The U.S.


Moving is already an extremely stressful process, so when you factor in whether or not your canine friend will be happy in your new home of choice, your head just might as well explode. Okay, maybe not, because we’re going to try to help you avoid that.

In August, WalletHub released thorough data on the most dog-friendly cities in the United States for 2017. It assessed the country’s largest 100 cities with 21 key metrics regarding dog care and grouped them into three categories: pet budget, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness. Each category was weighted separately for its overall analysis, so here is each ranking for the top five dog-friendly cities depending on what you’re really looking for.

The Top 5 Cities When It Comes To Financing A Pet

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We know that veterinary care and pet insurance can get expensive AF, and those costs vary dramatically in regards to where you live. So if you love your pup to the moon and back, but are on a seriously tight budget, consider these locales.

1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2. Fort Wayne, Indiana

3. Birmingham, Alabama

4. Columbus, Ohio

5. Greensboro, North Carolina

The Top 5 Cities When It Comes To A Dog’s Health And Wellness

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This category is the biggest and broadest of the three, including everything from available caretakers to the number of pet-friendly businesses to the number of pet-related meetup groups located in the metro area. If you want to make sure you’re able to give your pooch the best quality of life in your pets-allowed apartment complex, as well as tote him around town to lunch and the local boutiques, these are the cities you should check out.

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

2. San Diego, California

3. Austin, Texas

4. Orlando, Florida

5. Atlanta Georgia

Top 5 Cities When It Comes To Outdoor Pet Friendliness

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And finally, for the big dog lovers out there who need all of the outdoor space to accommodate their best friend’s bounding energy and fondness of playtime, this section hones in on cities with the best weather, most parks and park acreage, and best walkability. We can’t imagine any doggo would be unhappy in one of these amazing places.

1. San Francisco, California

2. Scottsdale, Arizona

3. Irvine, California

4. Los Angeles, California

5. Henderson, Nevada

So get out there and start living your best life with your happy pup by your side. You two deserve a home you can truly feel comfortable in and come to love as your own.