This story originally appeared on SmartAsset.
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $95.7 billion on their pets in 2019, with almost $37 billion going toward pet food and treats alone.
Given that dogs are among the most popular pets in the U.S., it’s probably no surprise for current or prospective pup parents that creating space in one’s home — as well as one’s wallet — is essential to helping these pooches maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s not equally easy in every city, though. That’s why SmartAsset decided to find the ones that are the most dog-friendly.
To find the most dog-friendly cities, SmartAsset pulled data for the 100 largest cities in America. We compared the dog-friendliness of cities across the following seven metrics:
- Dog parks per 100,000 residents. Data comes from the Trust for Public Land’s 2020 Amenities and Facilities Report.
- Dog-friendly restaurants. This is the number of restaurants that allow dogs in outdoor seating areas. Data comes from BringFido.com and was gathered in July 2020.
- Dog-friendly shopping centers. This is the number of shopping centers that allow dogs. Data comes from BringFido.com and was gathered in July 2020.
- Median home value. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.
- Average annual days of precipitation. Data comes from Current Results.
- Walk score. This factor measures the walkability of each city. Data comes from Walk Score’s 2020 City and Neighborhood Ranking.
- Concentration of pet stores and veterinary offices. This is the number of pet stores and veterinary offices per 10,000 establishments by county. Data comes from the County Business Patterns Survey and is for 2018.
We ranked each city in every metric, single-weighting all metrics except for dog parks per 100,000 residents, which was double-weighted. We then found each city’s average ranking. The city with the best average ranking received a score of 100. The city with the worst average ranking received a score of 0.
Following are the most dog-friendly cities in America.