(WMC) - According to a Gallup Poll, 44 percent of Americans own a dog and 29 percent own a cat. And with the cost of pet ownership ranging from $227 to more than $2,000, depending on the type of animal, WalletHub.com took an in-depth look at the most Pet-Friendly Cities in America.
In order to determine where Americans' furry and slimy companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub's analysts compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities in 21 key areas, ranging from average veterinary costs, to pet businesses per capita, to walkability.
Most Pet-Friendly Cities:
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Phoenix, AZ
- Tampa, FL
- San Diego, CA
- Orlando, FL
- Birmingham, AL
- Austin, TX
- Cincinnati, OH
- Atlanta, GA
- Las Vegas, NV
Columbus, Ohio, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $33.25, which is 2.5 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $84.47.
Miami, Florida, has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), 88 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest.
St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $33.71, which is 2.4 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $80.78.
San Francisco, California, has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 23 times more than in Laredo, Texas the city with the fewest.
To view the full report and see where Mid-South cities rank, click here.