The Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

How much do we love our pets? Americans spent more than $72 billion annually on pets last year, and about 85 million families in the U.S. own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association.

For one household, the money spent on pam-purr-ing pets can add up, and a vet emergency can be financially cat-astrophic. Pet expenses such as vet visits, food, boarding, grooming and toys for dogs, cats and other pets can chew away at your budget. Fur-tinately, some cities are more pet-friendly than others.

In order to determine the most pet-friendly places in the country, personal finance site WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: pet budget (veterinary costs, insurance, and pet sitting costs) and outdoor pet-friendliness (weather, the number of dog parks and dog-friendly trails.) The third is pet health and wellness, which includes a variety of factors such as the number of veterinarians, pet sitters, trainers, pet businesses, boarding facilities and dog-friendly restaurants per capita, as well as the pet-friendliness of the rental market and animal protection laws.

Each city was scored across all metrics and rank-ordered. Based on WalletHub's study, these are the most pawsome, pet-friendly cities in the U.S.

1. Scottsdale, Ariz.
1. Scottsdale, Ariz.

1. Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 80
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 1
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 6

Scottsdale leads the pack for being overall the most pet-friendly city, and ranks No. 1 for pet health and wellness (despite the hot summer pavement.)

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2. Orlando, Fla.
2. Orlando, Fla.

2. Orlando, Fla.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 7
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 4
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 51

Besides being the home to 'toon dogs such as Pluto, Goofy, Tramp, Lady and a lot of dalmatians, Orlando hosts the American Kennel Club's national championship dog show, above. Six cities, including Orlando, tied for first place for having the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita. Orlando is also among the six cities with the most veterinarians per capita.

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3. Tampa, Fla.
3. Tampa, Fla.

3. Tampa, Fla.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 10
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 17
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 13

Tampa is also one of the six cities with the most veterinarians per capita.

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4. Austin, Texas
4. Austin, Texas

4. Austin, Texas

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 31
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 2
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 54

Austin is one of six cities, along with Orlando, tied for first place for having the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita. The other cities are Atlanta, Portland, Ore., San Diego and Washington, D.C.

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5. Phoenix
5. Phoenix

5. Phoenix

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 26
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 16
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 15

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6. Las Vegas
6. Las Vegas

6. Las Vegas

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 60
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 9
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 4

Las Vegas one of six cities with the most veterinarians per capita, as well as the most pet businesses per capita. Above, a French bulldog at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

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7. Atlanta
7. Atlanta

7. Atlanta

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 23
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 6
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 71

Atlanta is one of six cities with the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita; it also ranks fourth for the most animal shelters per capita. Above, dogs and members of the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta march in a 2018 Christmas parade.

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8. St. Louis
8. St. Louis

8. St. Louis

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 17
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 20
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 45

St. Louis ranks third for the most animal shelters per capita. Above, a dog in the Beggin' Pet Parade in St. Louis.

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9. Seattle
9. Seattle

9. Seattle

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 76
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 7
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 11

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10. Portland, Ore.
10. Portland, Ore.

10. Portland, Ore.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 54
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 21
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 9

Portland, Ore., ties with six other cities for the most dog parks per capita

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11. San Diego
11. San Diego

11. San Diego

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 90
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 3
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 7

San Diego leads the pack for having the most animal shelters per capita, as well as being one of the cities with the most dog-friendly restaurants and pet-friendly businesses per capita. For cat lovers, San Diego is even home to a cat cafe, where you can drink coffee and play with cats.

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12. Albuquerque, N.M.
12. Albuquerque, N.M.

12. Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 16
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 47
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 20

Pictured is the Albuquerque Art Museum.

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13. Birmingham, Ala.
13. Birmingham, Ala.

13. Birmingham, Ala.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 18
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 27
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 48

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14. Oklahoma City
14. Oklahoma City

14. Oklahoma City

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 1
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 59
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 82

Oklahoma city is among the top five cities for having the lowest veterinary costs.

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15. Raleigh, N.C.
15. Raleigh, N.C.

15. Raleigh, N.C.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 19
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 10
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 83

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16. Colorado Springs, Colo.
16. Colorado Springs, Colo.

16. Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 53
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 42
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 12

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17. Irvine, Calif.
17. Irvine, Calif.

17. Irvine, Calif.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 98
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 8
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 2

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18. Sacramento, Calif.
18. Sacramento, Calif.

18. Sacramento, Calif.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 50
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 36
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 19

Pictured is the Truitt bark park in Sacramento.

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19. Tucson, Ariz.
19. Tucson, Ariz.

19. Tucson, Ariz.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 43
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 26
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 42

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20. Cincinnati
20. Cincinnati

20. Cincinnati

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 22
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 49
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 33

Cincinnati is another city that has one of the highest numbers of veterinarians per capita.

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21. Denver
21. Denver

21. Denver

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 77
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 11
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 25

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22. San Antonio, Texas
22. San Antonio, Texas

22. San Antonio, Texas

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 8
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 45
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 58

Pictured is a tunnel along San Antonio's river walk.

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23. Pittsburgh
23. Pittsburgh

23. Pittsburgh

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 44
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 48
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 23

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24. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
24. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.

24. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 25
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 19
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 93

Despite being in the top third of pet-friendly cities, Lexington, Ky. counts among the cities with the fewest animal shelters per capita of the 100 cities ranked.

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25. Fort Worth, Texas
25. Fort Worth, Texas

25. Fort Worth, Texas

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 27
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 23
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 76

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26. Miami
26. Miami

26. Miami

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 36
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 22
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 69

Miami is another city that tops the list for having a high number of veterinarians.

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27. Los Angeles
27. Los Angeles

27. Los Angeles

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 97
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 13
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 3

Los Angeles is another city with a cat cafe, a coffee shop with adoptable cats.

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28. Plano, Texas
28. Plano, Texas

28. Plano, Texas

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 93
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 5
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 31

Despite being in the top third overall of the 100 cities ranked, Plano was in the bottom six for the number of dog parks.

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29. North Las Vegas, Nev.
29. North Las Vegas, Nev.

29. North Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 32
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 73
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 22

This city next to Las Vegas falls into the top third overall, but ranks dead last for its dog-friendly restaurant count.

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30. (tie) Anaheim, Calif.
30. (tie) Anaheim, Calif.

30. (tie) Anaheim, Calif.

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 66
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 12
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 43

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30. (tie) Boise, Idaho
30. (tie) Boise, Idaho

30. (tie) Boise, Idaho

  • Pet budget-friendliness rank: 57
  • Pet health and wellness rank: 41
  • Outdoor pet-friendliness rank: 29

Boise, tied for 30th, scored points for being among the six cities with the highest number of dog parks per capita. (The others are New York, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Henderson, Nev.

Visit WalletHub to see the full ranking of all 100 cities.

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