Top 10 most (and least) pet-friendly cities

October 9, 2019

According to one consumer credit website, these are the large U.S. cities that make great places to live with petsas well as the locations your veterinary patients may want to avoid.


Look, it's not in-depth medical research, but credit-score-monitoring website WalletHub recently shared its own assessment of the most pet-friendly cities-and also threw shade at the least pet-friendly.

Judging mostly on financial metrics-examples include “minimum pet-care provider rate per visit” and “pet businesses per capita”-the company compared the animal applause for the 100 largest cities in the United States.

A few other veterinary-flavored tidbits from the research? Of large U.S. cities, Stockton, California, has the lowest average veterinary care costs per visit ($37.08), 2.3 times lower than that of Plano, Texas, with $84.24. Miami has the most veterinarians per capita, and Newark, New Jersey, has fewest.

The most-and least-pet-friendly large U.S. cities

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

2. Orlando, Florida (also a top 25 cat-friendly city, according to another list)

3. Tampa, Florida

4. Austin, Texas

5. Phoenix, Arizona

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

7. Atlanta, Georgia

8. St. Louis, Missouri

9. Seattle, Washington

10. Portland, Oregon (also a top 25 cat-friendly city, according to another list)

91. Detroit, Michigan

92. Aurora, Colorado

93. Nashville, Tennessee

94. Newark, New Jersey

95. Santa Ana, California

96. Chula Vista, California

97. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

98. Buffalo, New York

99. Laredo, Texas

100. Fresno, California

If you want to know more, you can check out the full report here.