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Americans love their pets, in fact, they loved them to the tune of $104 billion in 2020.

There are around 48 million pet dogs in the U.S., 25 million pet cats, 2.8 million pet birds and about 700,000 horses, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Other pets include fish, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, pet livestock (we're talking goats, pigs and sheep, right?) and pet poultry (that’s chickens and such).

Pets cost money, even if you don’t indulge them with fancy restaurant lunches or spa treatments. Basic expenses for a dog add up to nearly $1,400 annually and about $1,150 for a cat, according to the ASPCA. And that doesn’t include other costs such as emergency vet care, training or spaying.

The first dog park in the U.S. was established in Berkeley, Calif., in 1979, and today there are as many as 774 dog parks in cities around the country, according to the Trust for Public Land, and the dog park is one of the fastest growing amenities in park systems of the largest U.S. cities.

New York has a whopping 140 dog parks, while Boise, Idaho has the most per capita, with 6.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents, according to the Trust for Public Land.

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San Diego doesn’t just have several dog beaches, but also a handful of cat cafes. New Orleans has a Mardi Gras parade just for dogs. Colorado Springs, Colo., boasts a 25-acre off-leash dog park with a creek, an agility area and even a washing station for dirty dogs. And Las Vegas has more dog-friendly hotels than you can throw a stick at, some with doggy concierges and canine room service.

A doggy diner.

A doggy diner.

To find which cities are the most pet-friendly, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 

  • Pet budget: this includes costs of veterinary care, pet sitting and dog insurance
  • Pet health and wellness, which includes the number per capita of vets, trainers, pet sitters, animal shelters, dog-friendly restaurants and shops as well as pet-friendliness of the rental market and animal protection laws; 
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness, which includes things like weather, dog parks, dog-friendly trails and walk score. 

Each city was scored on these criteria and ranked. Here are the most pet-friendly cities in America.

1 scottsdale ariz sh
2 Tampa florida sh
3 Orlando florida dog
4 las vegas pig sh
5 birmingham alabama sh
6 st louis dog missouri sh
7 st petersburg fla sh
8 cincinnati ohio sh
9 san diego dog beach sh
10 new orleans mardi gras dog sh
11 Pittsburgh pa sh
12 atlanta georgia sh
13 Boise, Idaho sh
14 albuquerque museum NM sh
15 austin texas dog sh
16 denver rockies sh
17 seattle wash dogs sh
18. Colorado Springs, Colo. dog sh
19 portland ore sh
20. Plano Texas sh
21 lincoln nebraska sh
22 phoenix ariz sh
23 miami florida dog sh
24 omaha nebraska sh
25 sacramento dog sh
26 madison wis dog sh
27 tulsa oklahoma sh
28 Minneapolis sh
29 raleigh ncarolina sh
30 tucson ariz dogs sh