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These Are the Top Cities for Most Total Pet Businesses


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As pets have become more like family members, the need for pet-related businesses, services and parks have increased. In this day and age, looking for a pet retail store, a dog trainer, a pet boarding and kennel facility, doggie day care, a veterinary hospital and/or dog park isn’t hard to find. I live in a small-ish town in Northern California and I can find quite a few—both mom-and-pop and big-box stores—around most corners. But which city has the most total number of pet-related businesses?

Apartment Guide did the work and found out the answer: Houston. About 2.3 million people in this city have access to 653 pet-related businesses. That’s 2.8 businesses per capita (10,000), according to officials.

Chicago came in second place with 566 pet-related businesses with Phoenix right behind clocking in 539 pet-related businesses. Next up was New York with 503 pet-related businesses, and then Los Angeles with 462 pet-related businesses.

Apartment Guide also ranked the top 50 cities for pet lovers. My home state of California earned five rankings, including Ventura (No. 33), Santa Rosa (No. 34), Simi Valley (No. 35), El Cajon (No. 45) and Vacaville (No. 50).

First place, though, goes to Knoxville, Tenn., the home of the 1982 World’s Fair and its famous Sunsphere. This is the second year in a row this city took top honors. To find a home in Knoxville, according to Apartment Guide officials, pet owners could shell out about $1,221 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Dayton, Ohio, came in second place, followed by Orlando, Fla.; Columbia, S.C.; and Lakeland, Fla.

To find the best cities for pets, officials looked at 15,000 cities in the United States with at least one pet-related business, for a national total of nearly 130,000 pet establishments. Officials then eliminated any city with a population less than 100,000, leaving them with the 310 largest American cities with at least one pet-related establishment, offering a total of more than 45,000 individual pet businesses in those cities. Officials then calculated the ratio of pet-related establishments per 10,000 residents in each to determine the cities deemed the top 10 best cities for pets and their owners in the nation.

Did your city make the list?

 

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