15 Best Dog Park Cities in 2022

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Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

Dog parks can be a real treat for you and your pup: While Spot runs and tussles, you can pal around with fellow dog lovers.

Which U.S. cities with pooch-friendly green spaces are up to snuff and which ones are in the doghouse?

We compared 93 of the biggest U.S. cities based on dog park access, quality, and climate. More specifically, we looked at the number of dog parks per 100,000 residents.

Check out the top dogs of our ranking and the runts of the litter below.

1. San Francisco, CA

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Overall score: 62.15

Access rank: 3

Quality rank: 18

Climate: 17

2. Henderson, NV

Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Overall score: 59.36

Access rank: 2

Quality rank: 48

Climate: 8

3. Portland, OR

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Overall score: 56.39

Access rank: 1

Quality rank: 55

Climate: 50

4. Tampa, FL

Tampa, Florida
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Overall score: 54.56

Access rank: 5

Quality rank: 24

Climate: 31

5. Las Vegas, NV

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Overall score: 53.2

Access rank: 8

Quality rank: 42

Climate: 8

6. Oakland, CA

Oakland, California
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Overall score: 52.74

Access rank: 4

Quality rank: 54

Climate: 17

7. Irving, TX

Irving, Texas
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Overall score: 51.69

Access rank: 48

Quality rank: 2

Climate: 44

8. Reno, NV

Reno, Nevada
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Overall score: 51.41

Access rank: 25

Quality rank: 5

Climate: 24

9. Norfolk, VA

Norfolk Virginia
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Overall score: 50.35

Access rank: 11

Quality rank: 8

Climate: 36

10. Lubbock, TX

Lubbock Texas
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Overall score: 49.4

Access rank: 57

Quality rank: 4

Climate: 27

11. Toledo, OH

Toledo, Ohio
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Overall score: 46.39

Access rank: 74

Quality rank: 1

Climate: 87

12. Greensboro, NC

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Overall score: 45.95

Access rank: 64

Quality rank: 3

Climate: 53

13. Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin
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Overall score: 45.15

Access rank: 5

Quality rank: 49

Climate: 85

14. Arlington, VA

Arlington, Virginia
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Overall score: 44.46

Access rank: 7

Quality rank: 53

Climate: 56

15. Chesapeake, VA

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Overall score: 44.38

Access rank: 23

Quality rank: 10

Climate: 36

Methodology

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We ranked 93 of the biggest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 93) for dog parks based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across the weighted metrics listed in the table below.

We began with a sample size of 100 U.S. cities matching the sample in the Trust for Public Land’s annual City Parks Survey. Our final sample, 93 cities, excludes seven cities that lacked data for the number of dog parks per 100,000 residents from TPL.

These are the other metrics we used:

  • Dog Parks per 100,000 Residents
  • Average Consumer Rating for Dog Parks (Out of 5 Dog Bones)
  • Total Number of Reviews for Dog Parks
  • Share of Highly Rated (4.5+ Bones) Dog Parks
  • Average Monthly Rain (in Inches)
  • Average Monthly Percentage of Sunshine
  • Average Number of Very Cold Days
  • Average Number of Very Hot Days

Sources: BringFido, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Trust for Public Land, and Yelp