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Top 10 Most Dog and Cat (Pet) Friendly Cities in the United States

As I write this, I am on an airplane from Seattle to Chicago.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been in Seattle, Washington, and have noticed how everyone seems to love dogs and cats. People bring their dogs everywhere.

To Starbucks…

To the work office…

To restaurants…

To the airport…

On the airplane (there’s a very small dog right beside me) …

To – yes, even inside – grocery stores…

Three nights ago in Seattle, I was eating at a restaurant when I noticed a couple across from me bring in a pet that looked peculiarly like the Dutch Keeshond breed.

“But it couldn’t be,” I thought. The Dutch Keeshond breed is super rare in the West, and I have only seen the breed once in real life when on a trip in Stowe, Vermont.

Curiosity got the best of me, and I awkwardly interrupted their date by asking them what dog breed it was. Of course, it was a Keeshond.

That was the best part of the trip!

I wish I would’ve gotten a picture.

Anyway, Seattle is obviously a very pet-friendly place, and it got me wondering about other dog and cat friendly cities.

Again, curiosity got the best of me, and I ultimately found out the top ten pet-friendly cities in the United States. If you’ve got a dog or cat, you want to be in one of these cities.

Here are the top 10 most pet-friendly places in the United States. This is in no particular order.

  1. Birmingham, Alabama


Mountain Brook, AL
This is where I live, so I’m biased.

My bias notwithstanding, Birmingham is statistically a very pet-friendly city, and it’s not one you’re going to see on many lists.

While Birmingham ranks somewhat low in the outdoor pet-friendliness category, it ranks quite highly in both the pet health and wellness category and the pet budget category.

It is the fourth-best city in the United States to purchase pet care and supplies, and it also has the fourth most veterinarians to citizens ratio in the country.

Birmingham is a great place to live if you’re a dog or cat owner!

  1. Scottsdale/Tuscan, Arizona


Scottsdale, Arizona
Tuscan and Scottsdale are two cities in Arizona, and they are both very dog and cat friendly.

Scottsdale, in fact, ranks number one in the pet health and wellness category and ranks number 4 in pet outdoor friendliness.

Tuscan is also extremely impressive in both pet health and wellness and in pet outdoor friendliness. It has 246 dog-friendly restaurants and four dog-friendly shopping centers, and it is not very expensive to live there.

Both cities rank highly in studies and surveys and should make great places for your dog or cat.

  1. San Diego, California


San Diego Beach
San Diego is one amazing place for dogs and cats!

The city scores high in just about every category – wellness care, outdoor friendliness, etc.

In fact, it ranks number 3 in the U.S. for pet health and wellness and number 6 for outdoor pet friendliness. The only downside is that it’s somewhat expensive to own a pet there.

  1. San Francisco, California


Similarly, San Francisco is a great, pet-friendly city. Here are its impressive rankings according to one survey:

It ranks number one in pet outdoor friendliness in the United States, and it ranks number 14 in pet health and wellness – extremely impressive.

The only downside to this – and a reason it isn’t higher on many lists – is because it is one of the most expensive places to own a dog or cat, ranking number 100 in that category.

  1. Seattle, Washington


Seattle Space Needle
Of course, this is the place I just visited, so I can testify to its pet-friendliness.

Statistics also serve as a testament. Seattle has 344 pet-friendly restaurants, 3 pet-friendly shopping centers, and overall ranks number 11 for outdoor pet friendliness.

Similar to San Diego, it is somewhat expensive to own a dog or cat there. But overall, it makes for an amazing place to own a dog.

  1. Austin, Texas


Austin is a great city for pets primarily because of its pet health and wellness ranking – placing number 2 in the U.S. in this category.

It also ranks high in outdoor pet friendliness and descent in the pet budget category. It’s overall a great place for dogs and cats.

  1. Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati is a great place to own a dog or cat primarily because of its number of veterinarians – it ranks number 2 in the United States in that category.

It is also inexpensive to own a pet in Cincinnati, and outdoor pet friendliness is very high. Cincinnati also has a strong pet health and wellness rank.

  1. Orlando, Florida


Universals Studios, Orlando Florida
Orlando is simply a fun place to live or visit!

I was happy to know that it’s also a great place for dogs and cats.

According to one source, it ranks as the overall second-best place to own a pet (after Scottsdale, Arizona, which is also on this list).

Though outdoor pet-friendliness is on the low end, Orlando ranks high on pet health and wellness and for how inexpensive it is to purchase supplies there.

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada


Las Vegas, in the pet world, is known for its amazing and numerous dog parks. It ranks number 11 in the United States for outdoor pet-friendliness.

While it is expensive to own a dog or cat in Las Vegas, they have good pet and wellness care and as a result is a great place for pet owners.

  1. Portland, Oregon


Portland is a city in Oregon that ranks quite highly in two categories – pet health and wellness and outdoor friendliness.

It’s a little expensive to own a pet there. The city ranks number 86 in the U.S. in that category.

Overall, though, Portland certainly deserves to be in top tens list for pet-friendly cities.

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