Of the 100 most populated cities in the United States, the ultimate pet-friendly metro is once again Scottsdale, Arizona, which also earned top honors in the pet health/wellness category, though WalletHub points out the city has some of the highest dog insurance premiums in the country, earning it a No. 80 spot in pet budget. Orlando, Tampa, Austin and Phoenix rounded out the top five.
Fresno, California, scored worst overall, followed by Laredo, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.
Here’s more on how Atlanta fared:
- Overall rank: 7
- Pet budget: 23
- Pet health/wellness: 6
- Outdoor pet-friendliness: 71
Atlanta’s spot at No. 7 is a nice jump from its 12th place rank last year. According to WalletHub, the city boasts the fifth lowest dog insurance premium in the country and is tied with five other metros for most dog-friendly restaurants per capita. Atlanta is also home to the fourth most animal shelters per capita.
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Unfortunately, when it comes to outdoor pet-friendliness, a category based on weather, dog parks per capita, parkland share, walk score, dog-friendly trails per capita and dog shows per capita, Atlanta doesn’t have ultimate bragging rights.
But that doesn't necessarily mean there's a shortage of outdoor fun for Fido. Dogs who love to swim or hike can indulge in Atlanta's dog beaches, elite swim club and numerous hiking trails. Off-leash fun is plentiful, too. Check out the seven best dog parks in the metro.
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And if you're the traveling type, there are plenty of dog-friendly getaways in Georgia.
Explore WalletHub's most pet-friendly cities in America ranking at wallethub.com.