The personal finance company SmartAsset recently released its latest list of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. They analyzed data on a number of factors, including:
- Number of dog parks
- Number of dog-friendly shopping areas
- Number of dog-friendly restaurants
- Housing costs
The first 3 factors were given the most weight in the analysis.
What are some of the key findings before we get to the big reveal?
- 7 of the top 10 dog-friendliest cities are in the Western U.S.
- The Southern states scored lowest on the metrics used in the study.
- 3 of the top 10 cities are located right here in California.
And the winners are….
- San Francisco, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Denver, CO
- San Diego, CA (we’re #1 for dog-friendly restaurants—woop woop!)
- Albuquerque, NM
- Sacramento, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Tucson, AZ