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Top 20 U.S. Cities for Dog Owners

Top 20 U.S. Cities for Dog Owners

Ninety-one percent of U.S. pet owners consider their pets to be family members, and they treat them as such, spending time and money to ensure their furry friends are happy and healthy.

Last year, we spent $56 billion on our pets, and according to the American Pet Products Association, we spend an average of $1,600 per year, per dog.

Considering the cost of caring for a dog — both on pet owners’ wallets and their time — NerdWallet decided to look at 95 of the largest U.S. cities to find the best ones for dog ownership.

The winner? Portland, Oregon.

The personal finance website used three criteria to determine the most dog-friendly cities: number of off-leash dog parks, veterinary costs and city walkability.

Check out the top 20 cities for dog ownership below.
1. Portland, Oregon
2. Norfolk, Virginia
3. Jersey City, New Jersey
4. Madison, Wisconsin
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Miami, Florida
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9. St. Louis, Missouri
10. Long Beach, California
11. Baltimore, Maryland
12. Seattle, Washington
13. Oakland, California
14. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15. Tampa, Florida
16. Chicago, Illinois
17. Cincinnati, Ohio
18. Newark, New Jersey
19. Buffalo, New York
20. Sacramento, California

For more information on how these cities scored, visit NerdWallet.

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1:23AM PDT on Jun 21, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

5:51AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

My dog is great fun!

6:30PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I cannot afford to move!!!

11:36AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

I've been in many of these cities, and while they might welcome your dog, unless it's huge and protective, you could literally be taking your life in your hands walking around in them, sorry.

10:22AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014


9:57AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

GLAD my home state and city is NOT On THE LIST. I am in Paris for a few months
and that is good to know about the cities that are dog friendly. GLAD MY HOME

9:54AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

THANK GOODNESS. My home state and city is not on the list. I am now in Paris for
a few months, but glad to read the USA dog city list.

2:22PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

There is a city on this list that I would not want to be in and don't even like driving through so I can't imagine it being a good place for a pet! That goes along with what Barbara L. said.

11:44PM PDT on May 17, 2014

Thanks for the information.

8:17PM PDT on May 17, 2014

not listed, but we have plenty of parks and trails for dog walkers

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