What’s more stressful than moving to a new city is stressful? Moving to a new city with dogs in tow.
If you’re relocating due to work, it’s important to do your homework to ensure that you and your pet adjust to your new surroundings. Luckily for pet owners, there’s tons of data out there to help you decide where to move.
Below, the top 10 dog friendly cities, based on walkability, weather, dog-friendly parks and amenities, and more.
1) San Francisco, CA
Sure, San Fran may be on the pricey side for humans—but for dogs, the extra dollar goes a long way. The Golden Gate City has the seventh most dog parks per 100,000 residents and scores second in walkability score, according to SmartAsset. Plus, the city boasts some 174 dog-friendly restaurants, just in case you and your furry friend are inseparable.
2) Portland, OR
With 33 off-leash areas within city limits, Portland has the most dog parks per capita of any large city in the country. Additionally, there are numerous pet message therapists, and dog-friendly eateries— including the Tin Shed, which boasts its own Doggie Menu—should you feel like pampering your pup.
3) Las Vegas, NV
Boasting 25 dog parks, Sin City ranks third best in the nation when it comes to off-leash areas. While the city has a low walkability score, according to WalkScore, there are less than 15 days of precipitation per year, meaning that your pup can enjoy the great outdoors—sans wet dog smell.
4) Denver, CO
With its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and countless outdoor escapes, it makes sense that Denver appears in the top 10. Ranking high on all six of SmartAsset’s categories—dog parks, dog-friendly shopping, dog-friendly restaurants, walkability, weather, and housing costs—the city continues to be a hotspot for young professionals and their pets.
5) San Diego, CA
Near-perfect weather, a handful of beaches, 16 dog parks: San Diego is great on paper. Luckily, it has the amenities to walk the walk. While the city ranks in the middle of the road for walkability and housing costs, it leads the game in dog-friendly eateries with 187, and boasts seven dog-friendly shopping areas.
6) Seattle, WA
In recent years, Seattle’s dog population has surpassed the number of children within city limits. The stereotypes regarding rain may or may not be true, but the city is a well-known hub for dog-friendly outdoor activities—regardless of weather. And unlike other cities, dogs are welcome on Seattle’s public transportation.
7) Albuquerque, NM
With 33,000 acres of public parks, ABQ is one of the country’s best choices for outdoor activities. It’s also one of its premier dog friendly cities. Ranking 11th overall in dog parks and above average for both dog-friendly restaurants and shops, New Mexico’s largest city is a premier choice for your pup.
8) Tucson, AZ
With more than 350 days of sunshine annually, Tucson ranks in the top ten for sunniest cities in the country. Aside from the warm and dry Arizona climate, the city also offers numerous parks, dog facilities, and trails. And according to SmartAsset, Tucson comes in the top 20 for lowest housing prices—which means you’ll have extra cash to pamper your pup.
9) Austin, TX
With 18 off-leash dog parks in town, plenty of swimming holes, and endless sunshine, Austin offers an ideal environment for dogs. In addition to the usual dog-friendly amenities, there are a number of boutiques, health food stores, and even an Austin Doga studio—yes, yoga for dogs.
10) Minneapolis, MN
Despite the winter weather, the Twin Cities provides an ideal environment for you and your pup. Boasting a high walkability score, below average housing prices, and countless dog-friendly shops and parks, the city has a progressive pooch culture. Just make sure your dog has a winter coat.
Any dog friendly cities we’re missing? Let us know below!