Pet ownership in the U.S. has skyrocketed in 2020, with some 68 million people now living with pets. And they’re not above lavishing their best friends with treats— owners were expected to spend about $99 billion on them, up from $95 billion in the previous year.
With more pet ownership happening across the country, It’s interesting to find out where the living is easiest. After all, many people are discovering that they can work from home anywhere their hearts desire.
The best cities for pets provide pet-friendly homes, as well as plenty of amenities, such as off-leash parks, hiking spots, veterinary hospitals and doggie daycares. And one state really stands out on the list.
They also looked at the average cost of veterinarian services in large metro areas with populations above 100,000 and the number of pet-related businesses and parks per capita. Then they ranked the the cities accordingly.
That extra info is useful to homeowners with pets as well. Check out these
5 Best Cities for Pets in the U.S.
5. Tyler, TX
In eastern Texas, Tyler is known for its rose gardens and even has a museum dedicated to remembering the rich history of the town’s annual Texas Rose Festival.
The city’s location and access to nature make it a great place for pets. The Sunrise Paw Park is a massive dog park — four acres, to be exact. The park, just northwest of Old Jackson Highway, has separate fenced off sections for small and large dogs to play and socialize.
4. Boulder, CO
At the base of the Rocky Mountains is Boulder, CO. The city offers the best of both worlds, with the intricate rock formations of the Flatirons just west and the convenience of Pearl Street’s downtown’s shops, cafes and restaurants.
A dog-friendly must-do hike is the Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw Trail, which is a beginner-level, 3.7-mile hike that will take about three hours. It’s an incredible way to spend the day, especially in the spring.
Ann Arbor is near the Huron River and nicknamed “Tree Town” because of its abundance of green space — even their downtown is filled with trees. Known as one of the best places to live in Michigan, Ann Arbor you can stroll through the coffee shops and historic downtown area that’s lined with vintage clothing shops, independent bookstores and historic theaters. Ann Arbor is also home to the University of Michigan.
A popular destination for dog-lovers is Swift Run Dog Park, which is an outdoor grassy area with 10 acres of freedom for Fido to get some exercise and be off-leash.
Charleston was founded way back in 1670, and is surprisingly pet-friendly, with tons to do and see with Fido, including James Island County Park. This play haven features a dog beach, four acres of grass, a cleaning station and a fenced play area for small dogs.
Besides dog parks, beaches and trails, Charleston exudes an old, historic charm. The port city has cobblestone streets, especially in the French Quarter and Battery districts. Go for a stroll down the promenade and Waterfront Park for a relaxing view of the Charleston Harbor. There are also many local shopping venues, theaters, museums, cafes and gardens.
1. Greeley, CO
The No. 1 city for Fido is in Greeley, a city in northern Colorado, about an hour away from Denver. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do with your pet, from spending the afternoon at Poudre River Trail or taking advantage of the green space at Rover’s Run Dog Park.
Greeley is also a thriving cultural area, known for its art, entertainment and food-driven events, such as their summer-long Friday Fest and OktoBREWfest in the fall.
Greeley also landed in the No. 35 spot in a well-being index report, which measures community social and health data across populations.
If you want to know what other cities made the list beyond the top 5, here are the top 15 best cities for pets:
If you’d like to see if your city ranks in the top 50, click here. Note there are even more cities from Colorado on that list!