More than 85 million U.S. pet-owning households are projected to spend $72 billion this year, says the personal finance website WalletHub that released an in-depth report on 2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities as well as accompanying videos.
In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, 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.
Columbus, Ohio, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $37.26, which is 2.1 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $79.30.
Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), 0.3360, which is 88.4 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 2.4 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $83.50.
San Francisco has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 0.8546, which is 23.8 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0359.
Most Pet-Friendly Cities
1. Scottsdale, AZ
2. Orlando, FL
3. San Diego, CA
4. Austin, TX
5. Phoenix, AZ
6. Tampa, FL
7. Cincinnati, OH
8. Seattle, WA
9. Las Vegas, NV
10. Irvine, CA
To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/.