2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers

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

Key Stats

  • 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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