Eighty million households in America own at least one pet—that’s a lot of animals! Some housing markets are more pet-friendly than others, with more pet care businesses and providers available to pet owners than in other areas. Based on those criteria, WalletHub.com compiled the top 10 “Most Pet-Friendly Cities” in the country:
1. Orlando, Florida
2. Birmingham, Alabama
3. Tampa, Florida
4. Lexington, Kentucky
5. Scottsdale, Arizona
6. Reno, Nevada
7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
10. St. Louis, Missouri
Orlando comes in at No. 1 for its high density of veterinarians—65.6 per every 100,000 residents. Orlando also boasts the highest density of pet-related businesses, at 172.25 per 100,000 residents.
Scottsdale, Ariz., No. 5 on the list, has the highest number animal shelters per 100,000 residents: 6.26.
Many markets not in the top 10 are pet-friendly, as well—the least expensive pet care costs can be found in Stockton, Calif., where a veterinary visit averages just $32.92, and the least expensive dog insurance premiums ($21.63 per month) can be found in St. Paul, Minn., also not in the top 10.
To find out how pet-friendly your city is, visit WalletHub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/.