The 25 Most Pet-Friendly Cities in America

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For many people, having a pet is basically the equivalent of having a child. So it's important to live in a place where both you and your fur baby feel welcome. To determine which cities are America's pet-friendliest cities, financial advisory site WalletHub looked at 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. and figured out what it costs to own a pet (including average vet costs); the area's dedication to pet health and wellness (factoring in the number of vets, trainers, and caretakers as well as the abundance of pet-friendly restaurants and other establishments); and the number of pet-friendly outdoor areas (like dog parks and walking trails).

After determining each city's weighted average, WalletHub then ranked all 100 cities. While Scottsdale, Arizona topped the list, two Florida cities—Orlando and Tampa—took the second and third spots, respectively.

Source: WalletHub

At the other end of the pet-friendly spectrum is Fresno, California, which ranked dead last in WalletHub's rankings (followed by Laredo, Texas and Buffalo, New York). You can read the full list here, but these are the country's 25 most pet-friendly cities. 

  1. Scottsdale, AZ

  1. Orlando, FL

  1. Tampa, FL

  1. Austin, TX

  1. Phoenix, AZ

  1. Las Vegas, NV

  1. Atlanta, CA

  1. St. Louis, MO

  1. Seattle, WA

  1. Portland, OR

  1. San Diego, CA

  1. Albuquerque, NM

  1. Birmingham, AL

  1. Oklahoma City, OK

  1. Raleigh, NC

  1. Colorado Springs, CO

  1. Irvine, CA

  1. Sacramento, CA

  1. Tucson, AZ

  1. Cincinnati, OH

  1. Denver, CO

  1. San Antonio, TX

  1. Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Lexington-Fayette, KY

  1. Fort Worth, TX