More than 1 in 10 Americans moved in the past year, often driven by shifting family priorities or increased flexibility while working remotely, according to a survey by Zillow, a real estate website. Wanting to get a grasp on moving decisions among dog owners, Zillow teamed up with Rover, a Seattle-based online marketplace for pet care, and conducted an additional survey. The findings revealed that 24 percent of dog owners in the U.S. have moved into a new home since March 2020, and 62 percent would consider moving to a new home to better accommodate their dog.
But where are they moving?
According to Rover and Zillow’s “Top Emerging Dog-Friendly Cities for 2021,” Denver is the top spot to be, followed by Orlando, Fla.; Anaheim, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Birmingham, Ala.
To create the list, Rover officials looked at new dog accounts on their platform, whether from dog owners new to the area or longtime residents with a newly adopted dog, and Zillow dug into cities where dog-friendly rentals and listings mentioning home features dog owners covet are on the rise.
“Denver takes the top spot, largely because of the number of new Rover accounts created, followed by Orlando and Anaheim,” officials said in a statement. “Orlando saw strong growth (4 percent) in the number of rentals listed as dog-friendly during the pandemic, and has one of the highest shares of for-sale listings mentioning dog parks. Anaheim has among the highest share of for-sale listings that feature a dog run.”
A large majority of dog owners surveyed (86 percent) said dog-friendly features—things like a home with a dog door or living near a dog park—are an important factor in their moving decision, and 84 percent are willing to spend more for these features.
A fenced-in outdoor space is the most-desired home feature for dog owners Rover and Zillow surveyed.
“The good news for home shoppers is that the share of listings mentioning fenced yards and outdoor spaces grew more during the pandemic than any other dog-friendly feature Zillow analyzed,” officials said. “But interested buyers should strike quickly when a home with a yard for their dog catches their eye—homes sold 5 days faster than expected last year when the listing mentioned a fenced yard.”
The full list of emerging dog-friendly cities:
- Orlando, Fla.
- Anaheim, Calif.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Birmingham, Ala.
- Glendale, Ariz.
- New Orleans
- Tampa, Fla.
- Fayetteville, N.C.
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Saint Petersburg, Fla.
“This year, we spent an extraordinary amount of time with our pets, and many of us relied on their companionship more than ever,” said Kate Jaffe, who specializes on industry trends at Rover. “As a result, our emotional bonds with our pets also strengthened. Pets are taking on an even greater role in our families, so it’s no surprise that our dogs’ needs are a top priority for pet parents considering a new home.”
Survey results are based on a Rover and Zillow survey of 1,000 US dog owners via Pollfish in April 2021.
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