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REPORT: Honolulu Least Pet-Friendly Big City in US

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With National Homeless Animals Day coming up on Aug. 19, 2018, and over 85 million U.S. pet-owning households projected to spend $72 billion this year, the personal finance website WalletHub recently released an in-depth report on 2018’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 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

In its list of the 100 largest cities in the US, Honolulu came in last for pet-friendliness.

Most Pet-Friendly Cities
1 Scottsdale, AZ
2 Orlando, FL
3 San Diego, CA
4 Austin, TX
5 Phoenix, AZ
6 Tampa, FL
7 Cincinnati, OH
8 Seattle, WA
9 Las Vegas, NV
10 Irvine, CA

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Least Pet-Friendly Cities
91 Fresno, C
92 Charlotte, NC
93 Newark, NJ
94 Norfolk, VA
95 Mesa, AZ
96 Baltimore, MD
97 Laredo, TX
98 Fort Wayne, IN
99 Buffalo, NY
100 Honolulu, HI

Source: WalletHub


PET-FRIENDLY OVERVIEW

Columbus, Ohio, has the lowest average veterinary care costs (per visit), $37.26, which is 2.1 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $79.30.

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Miami has the most veterinarians (per square root of population), .3360, which is 88.4 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0038.

St. Paul, Minnesota, has the lowest monthly dog-insurance premium, $34.84, which is 2.4 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $83.50.

San Francisco has the most pet businesses (per square root of population), 0.8546, which is 23.8 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at .0359.

PET-FRIENDLY BREAKDOWN

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THE COMPLETE LIST

Overall Rank*

City

Total Score ‘Pet Budget’ Rank  ‘Pet Health & Wellness’
Rank
‘Outdoor Pet-Friendliness’ Rank
1 Scottsdale, AZ 60.48 80 1 4
2 Orlando, FL 58.35 14 4 46
3 San Diego, CA 58.10 78 3 6
4 Austin, TX 56.20 33 2 58
5 Phoenix, AZ 56.00 49 13 16
6 Tampa, FL 55.41 30 20 19
7 Cincinnati, OH 55.31 4 32 29
8 Seattle, WA 54.49 86 6 11
9 Las Vegas, NV 54.44 63 16 10
10 Irvine, CA 54.34 96 5 5
11 Portland, OR 54.29 83 11 7
12 Atlanta, GA 53.13 21 10 80
13 Albuquerque, NM 52.85 6 79 20
14 Sacramento, CA 52.58 48 26 21
15 Plano, TX 52.28 70 9 35
16 Columbus, OH 52.05 1 63 56
17 Los Angeles, CA 51.77 97 12 3
18 Oakland, CA 51.55 85 18 9
19 Long Beach, CA 50.98 77 24 12
20 St. Louis, MO 50.91 32 33 41
21 Fremont, CA 50.79 94 19 2
22 Denver, CO 50.79 81 7 50
23 Tucson, AZ 50.78 42 23 42
24 Fort Worth, TX 50.68 11 30 73
25 Colorado Springs, CO 50.61 74 25 14
26 Oklahoma City, OK 50.42 2 69 82
27 Stockton, CA 49.95 12 89 39
28 Henderson, NV 49.86 51 67 8
29 Miami, FL 49.79 15 35 64
30 Arlington, TX 49.40 20 46 59
31 Birmingham, AL 49.27 44 34 52
32 Madison, WI 49.23 43 48 30
33 Raleigh, NC 49.08 27 21 85
34 San Antonio, TX 48.90 8 60 63
35 Tulsa, OK 48.77 7 59 75
36 Boise, ID 48.66 50 47 37
37 Kansas City, MO 48.38 22 51 55
38 Anaheim, CA 48.30 90 8 40
39 Glendale, AZ 48.21 31 42 60
40 Omaha, NE 48.15 3 77 68
41 St. Petersburg, FL 48.05 40 73 24
42 San Francisco, CA 47.98 100 14 1
43 North Las Vegas, NV 47.46 51 81 22
44 Pittsburgh, PA 47.18 60 55 27
45 Riverside, CA 47.07 82 36 28
46 Hialeah, FL 47.03 24 75 61
47 Lexington-Fayette, KY 46.93 35 41 83
48 Chula Vista, CA 46.76 53 70 32
49 Minneapolis, MN 46.72 66 44 36
50 Chicago, IL 46.45 89 15 49
51 Jersey City, NJ 46.38 92 31 18
52 Reno, NV 46.09 54 28 76
53 Gilbert, AZ 46.03 75 22 69
54 Garland, TX 45.93 56 38 66
55 Corpus Christi, TX 45.87 5 91 86
56 Louisville, KY 45.84 16 53 94
57 San Jose, CA 45.81 39 84 25
58 Irving, TX 45.76 45 37 93
59 Toledo, OH 45.74 9 76 57
60 St. Paul, MN 45.48 58 66 38
61 Houston, TX 45.46 46 45 71
62 Wichita, KS 44.72 18 58 98
63 Nashville, TN 44.56 37 62 78
64 San Bernardino, CA 44.50 67 85 15
65 New Orleans, LA 44.49 72 43 53
66 Aurora, CO 44.44 65 29 77
67 Chesapeake, VA 44.32 61 86 26
68 Bakersfield, CA 44.07 79 68 34
69 Winston-Salem, NC 44.06 25 80 89
70 Greensboro, NC 44.05 19 74 62
71 Durham, NC 44.03 26 65 90
72 Dallas, TX 43.97 84 40 47
73 Chandler, AZ 43.75 59 49 67
74 Indianapolis, IN 43.60 23 56 97
75 Washington, DC 43.39 98 50 17
76 Santa Ana, CA 43.37 95 17 54
77 Lubbock, TX 43.16 29 87 91
78 Boston, MA 43.16 69 72 44
79 Memphis, TN 43.14 17 78 99
80 Philadelphia, PA 43.08 88 61 33
81 Lincoln, NE 43.03 38 90 65
82 Jacksonville, FL 42.95 41 71 84
83 Baton Rouge, LA 42.82 36 54 95
84 El Paso, TX 42.77 28 98 45
85 Anchorage, AK 42.48 71 95 23
86 Milwaukee, WI 42.04 13 96 81
87 Detroit, MI 41.92 34 93 70
88 Virginia Beach, VA 41.30 47 82 87
89 Cleveland, OH 41.14 55 83 79
90 New York, NY 41.05 99 39 13
91 Fresno, CA 40.94 76 88 43
92 Charlotte, NC 40.34 57 52 96
93 Newark, NJ 40.28 93 27 92
94 Norfolk, VA 40.11 61 94 48
95 Mesa, AZ 39.35 87 64 74
96 Baltimore, MD 37.97 64 97 51
97 Laredo, TX 37.26 9 99 72
98 Fort Wayne, IN 37.06 68 57 100
99 Buffalo, NY 36.92 73 92 88
100 Honolulu, HI 32.95 91 100 31

*No. 1 = Most Pet-Friendly

 

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