In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, the personal finance website WalletHub, compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.
|Most Pet-Friendly Cities||Least Pet-Friendly Cities|
|1||Scottsdale, AZ||91||Detroit, MI|
|2||Orlando, FL||92||Aurora, CO|
|3||Tampa, FL||93||Nashville, TN|
|4||Austin, TX||94||Newark, NJ|
|5||Phoenix, AZ||95||Santa Ana, CA|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||96||Chula Vista, CA|
|7||Atlanta, GA||97||Milwaukee, WI|
|8||St. Louis, MO||98||Buffalo, NY|
|9||Seattle, WA||99||Laredo, TX|
|10||Portland, OR||100||Fresno, CA|
- Stockton, California, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $37.08, which is 2.3 times lower than in Plano, Texas, the city with the highest at $84.24.
- Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), 0.3380, which is 88.9 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0038.
- St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $34.84, which is 2.5 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $88.76.
- San Francisco has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 0.8455, which is 21.4 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0395.