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2023’s Best Place for Pets & Their Owners

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As we celebrate Pet Appreciation Week, it's the perfect time to spotlight the best U.S. cities for pets and their owners. A comprehensive study has identified the top destinations where our furry friends are not just tolerated, but genuinely catered for in every aspect of city life.

The research was conducted using 12 unique metrics. These criteria encompassed a variety of key factors that significantly contribute to a pet-friendly environment. These included the number of dog parks per resident, the accessibility of parks, the amount of park and trail miles per resident, the expenditure on parks per person, the share of pet-friendly apartments in the city's total housing stock, the average apartment size that can be rented for $1,500, the number of veterinary and pet care establishments per capita, the number of pet-related occupations per capita, air quality, the number of days with unsuitable temperatures for pets, and the number of pet-friendly coworking spaces per capita.

Based on the comprehensive analysis of these factors, the top U.S. cities that have proven to be the most welcoming for pets and their owners are as follows:

  1. Seattle, WA: With high rankings in park-related metrics, Seattle offers accessible green spaces for pets and their owners. The city also has a high number of pet-friendly apartments and coworking spaces.
  2. Madison, WI: Known for its great air quality and multiple parks, Madison offers a pet-friendly environment for owners and their pets alike. It also boasts plenty of veterinary and pet care establishments.
  3. Lexington, KY: Lexington shines due to its impressive number of veterinary services per resident. It also offers numerous pet-related job opportunities, making it ideal for pet owners.
  4. Washington, D.C.: The nation's capital stands out for its excellent park amenities. These facilities offer ample opportunities for pets and their owners to enjoy the outdoors.
  5. Scottsdale, AZ: A majority of apartments in Scottsdale welcome pets. In fact, 98% of its total housing inventory is pet-friendly, making it easier for pet owners to find suitable accommodations.
  6. Miami, FL: This sun-soaked city offers 11 pet-friendly coworking spaces, an attractive feature for pet-owning professionals.
  7. Portland, OR: Known for its clean air and multiple dog parks, Portland is one of the top cities for pets and their owners.
  8. Des Moines, IA: With excellent park amenities and plenty of pet-friendly apartments, Des Moines offers a comfortable environment for pets.
  9. Colorado Springs, CO & Austin, TX: These cities are tied for their pet-friendliness, boasting great outdoor spaces, pet-friendly apartments, and accessible pet care services.
  10. Louis, MO, Denver, CO, Raleigh, NC, Minneapolis, MN: Each of these cities also scored highly in several key metrics, making them excellent choices for pet owners. Other notable mentions include Aurora, CO, Lincoln, NE, Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, St. Paul, MN, Arlington, VA, Washington, D.C., Omaha, NE, and Atlanta, GA.

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In conclusion, these rankings provide a comprehensive guide to the best U.S. cities for pet owners, offering a combination of pet-friendly accommodations, amenities, and services. They reaffirm the importance of creating environments where our beloved pets can thrive alongside us. As we continue to celebrate Pet Appreciation Week, these findings remind us to consider the well-being of our pets in all aspects of our lives, including the places we choose to call home.