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WalletHub Names 2016’s Most Pet Friendly Cities


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​WalletHub released its in-depth look at 2016’s Most Pet Friendly Cities. Owned by Evolution Finance Inc. and based in Washington, D.C., the company set out to identify the U.S. cities where pets can enjoy the best quality of life without cleaning out their owners’ wallets.

The top and bottom 10 were:

Most Pet Friendly Cities                 

1               Orlando, Fla.                  

2               Birmingham, Ala.          

3               Tampa, Fla.                    

4               Lexington, Ky.               

5               Scottsdale, Ariz.             

6               Reno, Nev.                      

7               Colorado Springs, Colo. 

8               Cincinnati                       

9               Las Vegas                       

10            St. Louis                          

Least Pet Friendly Cities

91            Jersey City, N.J.

92            Chicago

93            Los Angeles

94            Anaheim, Calif.

95            Newark, N.J.

96            Philadelphia

97            Detroit

98            Boston

99            Santa Ana, Calif.

100         New York

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: pet budget, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet friendliness. Then they evaluated the categories using 19 relevant metrics, including veterinary care costs, number of pet businesses per capita, pet-friendliness of rental market, percentage of pet friendly hotels, and number of dog parks per capita.

When comparing the best versus the worst, WalletHub reported that

  • Stockton, Calif., has the lowest veterinary care costs, $32.92 per visit, which is 2.6 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest, $86.46 per visit.
  • Orlando, Fla., has the highest number of veterinarians per 100,000 residents, 65.6, which is 93.7 times higher than in Newark, N.J., the city with the lowest, 0.7.
  • St. Paul, Minn., has the lowest dog insurance premium, $21.63 per month, which is 2.5 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest, $53.34 per month.
  • Orlando, Fla., has the highest number of pet businesses per 100,000 residents, 172.25, which is 20 times higher than in Newark, N.J., the city with the lowest, 8.61.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest number of animal shelters per 100,000 residents, 6.26, which is 21.6 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest, 0.29.
  • New Orleans has the highest number of pet friendly restaurants per 100,000 residents, 21.44, which is 93.2 times higher than in Omaha, Neb., the city with the lowest, 0.23.

The company collected the data used to create the rankings from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Yelp.com, Zillow, Apartmentlist.com, WalkScore.com, TripAdvisor, Pets Best Insurance Services, Council for Community and Economic Research, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Sittercity, BringFido, InfoDog, Trust for Public Land, Meetup and WalletHub research, the company stated.

For the full report, visit wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562.

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