The Best Cities for Dog Lovers in 2022

Seattle runner dog walker
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Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

Walking your dog can give both of you a new leash on life, at least until the sidewalks end or in places cars pose a hazard.

So, which cities offer the most ideal environment for roving with Spot?

LawnStarter ranked 2022’s best cities to walk your dog to mark Walk Your Dog Month.

We compared over 170 of the biggest U.S. cities based on their walkability, pup-friendly trail access, services, and safety.

Here are the best cities for dog lovers this year.

1. Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon
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Overall Score: 70.26

Walkability Rank: 24

Environment Rank: 1

Services Rank: 155

Safety Rank: 128

2. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco neighborhood.
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Overall Score: 67.38

Walkability Rank: 6

Environment Rank: 7

Services Rank: 160

Safety Rank: 109

3. Oakland, CA

Oakland California neigborhood
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Overall Score: 65.10

Walkability Rank: 14

Environment Rank: 6

Services Rank: 139

Safety Rank: 121

4. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas neighborhood with desert hills beyond.
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Overall Score: 63.73

Walkability Rank: 91

Environment Rank: 5

Services Rank: 7

Safety Rank: 61

5. Boise, ID

Boise, Idaho
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Overall Score: 63.24

Walkability Rank: 104

Environment Rank: 2

Services Rank: 29

Safety Rank: 25

6. Los Angeles, CA

Rodeo Drive Los Angeles, California
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Overall Score: 61.22

Walkability Rank: 22

Environment Rank: 9

Services Rank: 154

Safety Rank: 102

7. New York, NY

New York City
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Overall Score: 60.89

Walkability Rank: 5

Environment Rank: 16

Services Rank: 165

Safety Rank: 45

8. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.
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Overall Score: 60.08

Walkability Rank: 1

Environment Rank: 21

Services Rank: 171

Safety Rank: 91

9. Colorado Springs, CO

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Overall Score: 59.10

Walkability Rank: 119

Environment Rank: 4

Services Rank: 17

Safety Rank: 86

10. Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City, New Jersey
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Overall Score: 58.64

Walkability Rank: 6

Environment Rank: 48

Services Rank: 73

Safety Rank: 18

11. San Diego, CA

San Diego home
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Overall Score: 58.54

Walkability Rank: 54

Environment Rank: 8

Services Rank: 142

Safety Rank: 56

12. Lexington, KY

Lexington Kentucky
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Overall Score: 57.25

Walkability Rank: 4

Environment Rank: 42

Services Rank: 123

Safety Rank: 69

13. Miami, FL

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Overall Score: 57.07

Walkability Rank: 12

Environment Rank: 47

Services Rank: 2

Safety Rank: 162

14. Seattle, WA

Seattle, Washington
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Overall Score: 56.06

Walkability Rank: 14

Environment Rank: 11

Services Rank: 170

Safety Rank: 106

15. Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, California
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Overall Score: 55.91

Walkability Rank: 16

Environment Rank: 24

Services Rank: 45

Safety Rank: 127


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We ranked 174 of the biggest U.S. cities from most (No. 1) to worst (No. 174) based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across all the weighted metrics listed below.

Note: Only 97 of the 174 cities ranked in our previous study of the best dog park cities and received scores for this metric. The remaining 77 cities were neither rewarded nor penalized for lack of data; these cities were scored only on the metrics for which data were available.

Some examples of cities that were not ranked for the best dog park cities metric include Honolulu, Hawaii; Rochester, New York; and Salt Lake City, Utah, which lacked data for dog parks but are nonetheless good cities for dog walking.

The following criteria were used:

  • Walk Score
  • Best Dog Park Cities Rank
  • Number of Dog-Friendly Trails
  • Dog Walkers per 100,000 Residents
  • Average Dog Walker Rate
  • Pedestrian Fatalities per 100,000 Residents
  • Crime Index

Sources: AllTrails, LawnStarter, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NeighborhoodScout,, and Walk Score.

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