Charlotte Is 2021’s 7th Least Pet-Friendly City in America

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With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and over 85 million U.S. pet-owning households projected to spend $109.6 billion this year, the personal finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2021’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities.

In order to determine where Americans’ animal companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

Charlotte came in as the 7th least pet-friendly city in America.

Pet-Friendliness of Charlotte (1=Most Pet-Friendly; 50=Avg.):

  • 73rd – Veterinary Care Costs
  • 37th – Veterinarians per Capita
  • 60th – Pet Businesses per Capita
  • 54th – Dog Parks per Capita
  • 97th – Walk Score
  • 80th – Animal Shelters per Capita
  • 20th – Pet Caretakers per Capita

Most Pet-Friendly Cities

Overall Rank*  City Total Score  Pet Budget  Pet Health & Wellness  Outdoor Pet-Friendliness 
1 Scottsdale, AZ 63.28 71 1 3
2 Tampa, FL 62.25 42 5 13
3 Orlando, FL 62.20 31 3 34
4 Las Vegas, NV 60.48 32 34 1
5 Birmingham, AL 59.81 9 15 77
6 St. Louis, MO 58.32 18 16 39
7 St. Petersburg, FL 58.31 42 9 29
8 Cincinnati, OH 58.00 19 20 38
9 San Diego, CA 57.28 92 2 8
10 New Orleans, LA 57.22 34 10 44
11 Pittsburgh, PA 56.90 22 46 20
12 Atlanta, GA 56.82 25 11 56
13 Boise, ID 56.40 38 48 12
14 Albuquerque, NM 56.10 16 83 7
15 Austin, TX 56.01 51 6 64
16 Denver, CO 55.76 60 7 31
17 Seattle, WA 55.61 70 18 11
18 Colorado Springs, CO 55.25 53 26 22
19 Portland, OR 55.20 76 21 4
20 Plano, TX 54.81 81 4 32
21 Lincoln, NE 54.16 4 67 69
22 Phoenix, AZ 54.09 40 63 19
23 Miami, FL 54.05 36 19 57
24 Omaha, NE 53.90 23 30 52
25 Sacramento, CA 53.87 83 14 17
26 Madison, WI 53.67 52 38 30
27 Tulsa, OK 53.63 15 58 50
28 Minneapolis, MN 53.35 63 25 25
29 Raleigh, NC 53.21 21 35 60
30 Tucson, AZ 52.55 48 42 40
31 North Las Vegas, NV 52.49 45 80 15
32 Oklahoma City, OK 52.30 7 61 85
33 St. Paul, MN 52.28 30 60 42
34 Nashville, TN 52.24 11 62 75
35 Fort Worth, TX 52.01 28 23 83
36 Houston, TX 51.72 27 43 66
37 Winston-Salem, NC 51.50 3 88 84
38 Irvine, CA 51.28 97 8 5
39 Corpus Christi, TX 51.18 10 78 87
40 Columbus, OH 51.11 2 95 54
41 Lexington-Fayette, KY 50.67 47 22 94
42 Louisville, KY 50.55 29 24 95
43 Indianapolis, IN 50.50 14 47 96
44 San Jose, CA 50.43 74 57 26
45 Fort Wayne, IN 50.26 1 65 100
46 Kansas City, MO 50.03 12 86 58
47 Memphis, TN 50.01 5 84 88
48 Chesapeake, VA 49.95 58 81 21
49 Glendale, AZ 49.86 46 49 71
50 Baton Rouge, LA 49.75 44 17 97
51 Jacksonville, FL 49.66 26 72 63
52 El Paso, TX 49.65 41 77 47
53 Riverside, CA 49.47 78 37 41
54 Greensboro, NC 49.31 13 68 72
55 Lubbock, TX 49.22 39 55 86
56 Henderson, NV 49.00 54 91 24
57 Gilbert, AZ 48.86 68 12 89
58 Oakland, CA 48.82 89 39 14
59 San Francisco, CA 48.58 99 29 2
60 Virginia Beach, VA 48.49 50 54 79
61 Washington, DC 48.46 91 41 9
62 Aurora, CO 48.29 64 28 68
63 Cleveland, OH 48.27 24 75 81
64 Chicago, IL 48.24 90 13 46
65 Reno, NV 47.98 49 50 80
66 Toledo, OH 47.74 6 93 59
67 Boston, MA 47.71 85 40 35
68 Long Beach, CA 47.67 93 27 18
69 Arlington, TX 47.67 66 45 67
70 Chula Vista, CA 47.53 87 31 36
71 San Antonio, TX 47.53 55 70 61
72 Dallas, TX 47.47 79 36 51
73 Los Angeles, CA 47.35 96 44 6
74 Garland, TX 47.35 69 53 62
75 Stockton, CA 47.08 37 96 49
76 Wichita, KS 46.95 20 82 98
77 Philadelphia, PA 46.74 77 69 37
78 Jersey City, NJ 46.44 82 52 45
79 Hialeah, FL 46.29 61 66 65
80 Mesa, AZ 46.13 59 73 74
81 Chandler, AZ 45.80 65 59 76
82 Irving, TX 45.51 73 33 91
83 Bakersfield, CA 45.48 72 79 43
84 Durham, NC 45.43 8 89 93
85 Milwaukee, WI 45.21 17 97 82
86 Buffalo, NY 45.11 57 74 90
87 Baltimore, MD 44.64 62 87 53
88 San Bernardino, CA 44.49 86 85 27
89 Anchorage, AK 44.45 80 92 23
90 New York, NY 43.69 95 71 16
91 Fremont, CA 43.47 100 64 10
92 Norfolk, VA 43.27 56 94 73
93 Anaheim, CA 43.26 94 51 33
94 Charlotte, NC 43.22 67 56 99
95 Laredo, TX 42.86 35 100 48
96 Detroit, MI 42.11 33 98 78
97 Fresno, CA 42.10 75 90 55
98 Newark, NJ 41.99 88 32 92
99 Honolulu, HI 39.76 84 99 28
100 Santa Ana, CA 36.22 98 76 70

*No. 1 = Most Pet-Friendly

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