April 15, 2023

The Most (and Least) Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

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Given that many people with pets consider their furry (or scaly, feathery, etc.) friends part of their family, it makes sense that they’d include their pet when making future plans—like if they’re moving to a new city. But not all urban areas are equally accommodating. Here are the most and least pet-friendly cities in the U.S., according to a report from Forbes Advisor.

What makes a city ‘pet-friendly’?

To figure out which urban areas made the cut, Forbes Advisor compared the 91 most populated cities that had data available across 13 metrics spanning these four key categories:

  1. Dog veterinary cost
  2. Cat veterinary cost
  3. Veterinary access
  4. Pet-friendly spaces

Points were awarded for each of the metrics, and then tallied for each city. A perfect score is 100 points.

The most pet-friendly cities in the U.S.

When the points were tallied, these cities came out on top:

1. Tucson, Arizona

Score: 100 out of 100

2. Raleigh, North Carolina

Score: 93.49 out of 100

3. Nashville, Tennessee

Score: 93.14 out of 100

4. Wichita, Kansas

Score: 91.46 out of 100

5. Cincinnati, Ohio

Score: 91.45 out of 100

6. Plano, Texas

Score: 90.83 out of 100

7. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Score: 90.62 out of 100

8. Kansas City, Missouri

Score: 89.58 out of 100

9. Louisville, Kentucky

Score: 89.30 out of 100

10. Glendale, Arizona

Score: 88.99 out of 100

The least pet-friendly cities in the U.S.

We’ve seen the best, now let’s take a look at which cities landed at the bottom of the rankings:

1. Los Angeles, California

Score: 0 out of 100

2. New York City, New York

Score: 0.41 out of 100

3. San Jose, California

Score: 3.70 out of 100

4. San Francisco, California

Score: 6.83 out of 100

5. Boston, Massachusetts

Score: 12.71 out of 100

6. Newark, New Jersey

Score: 12.77 out of 100

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Score: 13.88 out of 100

8. Fresno, California

Score: 16.75 out of 100

9. Jersey City, New Jersey

Score: 17.43 out of 100

10. Baltimore, Maryland

Score: 18.43 out of 100

Check out the full report for additional details.

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