2021’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities

By on August 17, 2021

With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and over 85 million U.S. pet-owning households projected to spend $109.6 billion this year, the personal finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2021’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

Most Pet-Friendly CitiesLeast Pet-Friendly Cities
1. Scottsdale, AZ91. Fremont, CA
2. Tampa, FL92. Norfolk, VA
3. Orlando, FL93. Anaheim, CA
4. Las Vegas, NV94. Charlotte, NC
5. Birmingham, AL95. Laredo, TX
6. St. Louis, MO96. Detroit, MI
7. St. Petersburg, FL97. Fresno, CA
8. Cincinnati, OH98. Newark, NJ
9. San Diego, CA99. Honolulu, HI
10. New Orleans, LA100. Santa Ana, CA

Key Stats

  • Lincoln, Nebraska, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (annual exam), $39.36, which is 2.1 times lower than in Plano, Texas, the city with the highest at $83.72.
  • Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of the population), 0.3427, which is 90.2 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0038
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $34.84, which is 2.8 times lower than in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, the cities with the highest at $97.46.  
  • Reno, Nevada, has the most pet businesses (per square root of the population), 0.4834, which is 10.2 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0472.

Omaha is ranked as the 24th most pet-friendly city (the highest it’s ever been) thanks to our relatively low cost of living and pet care. Veterinarian numbers are low, too, though our outdoor amenities are lower than most places on the list. Climate might have something to do with that, but mostly it’s about topography, geography. Things are looking up, Omaha! Lincoln is ranked just ahead of Omaha, taking 21st place.

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