What Are the Most Animal-Friendly American Cities?

Thinking of moving? If you share your life with a dog or cat, you may want to know which American cities are the most animal-friendly before you decide where to put down new roots. Personal finance website WalletHub recently released an in-depth report on 2022’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the US — places where your canine or feline companion can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank. To compile their list, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities in the US, using key metrics including the number of pet businesses and animal care providers in the center, along with walkability and other factors.


  • Columbus, Ohio, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (annual exam) at $38.42.
  • Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of the population) at 0.3446.
  • Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana, have the lowest monthly dog insurance premium ($39.75).
  • Reno, Nevada, has the most pet businesses (per square root of the population) at 0.4791.

The Top 10

  1. Scottsdale, AZ
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Portland, OR
  4. Louis, MO
  5. Cincinnati, OH
  6. Petersburg, FL
  7. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  8. Las Vegas, NV
  9. Colorado Springs, CO
  10. Raleigh, NC

To view the full report, visit WalletHub.

Most pet-friendly American cities


Animal Wellness

Animal Wellness is North America\’s top natural health and lifestyle magazine for dogs and cats, with a readership of over one million every year. AW features articles by some of the most renowned experts in the pet industry, with topics ranging from diet and health related issues, to articles on training, fitness and emotional well being.

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