With International Homeless Animals Day just around the corner and pet ownership in the U.S. at an all-time high, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers.
To help animal lovers enjoy the company of their pets without breaking the bank (which can rack up to about $2,000 in annual expenses), WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities in the United States. We did so by using 14 key metrics such as veterinary care costs, the number of pet-friendly restaurants per capita and the number of dog parks per capita in each city.
|Best Cities for Pet Lovers||Worst Cities for Pet Lovers|
|1||Cincinnati, OH||91||Wichita, KS|
|2||Las Vegas, NV||92||Lubbock, TX|
|3||Scottsdale, AZ||93||Chicago, IL|
|4||Irvine, CA||94||Philadelphia, PA|
|5||Sacramento, CA||95||Jacksonville, FL|
|6||Atlanta, GA||96||Anchorage, AK|
|7||Tampa, FL||97||Detroit, MI|
|8||St. Louis, MO||98||Corpus Christi, TX|
|9||Orlando, FL||99||New York, NY|
|10||Glendale, AZ||100||Memphis, TN|
- Veterinary care costs are 2 times higher in Boston than in Milwaukee.
- Dog insurance premiums are 2 times higher in Mesa, Ariz. or Chandler, Ariz., than in St. Paul, Minn.
- The number of veterinarians per capita is 70 times higher in Cincinnati than in Newark, N.J.
- The number of pet businesses per capita is 45 times higher in Anaheim than in Laredo, Texas.
- San Francisco has 81 times more pet-friendly restaurants per capita than Detroit.
- Plano, Texas, has 36 times more pet-friendly trails per capita than Detroit.
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