Once upon a time, pets were — well, just pets. Dogs amused or protected us. Fish kept us visually stimulated — for a few minutes. Reptiles made creepy but fascinating gifts. These days, these creatures are practically family, only furrier or slimier. In fact, a record 68 percent, or 82.5 million, of American households owned a pet in 2012, according to the “2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey” released by the American Pet Products Association, or APPA. Dogs and cats retain the title for most popular, at 46.7 and 37.3 percent ownership, respectively.
And with greater pet ownership of course comes greater financial responsibility. A lengthy list of expenses that can add up to about $2,000 annually — from licenses and treats to grooming and medical care — accompanies the adoption of an animal. Health insurance alone can cost pet owners beaucoup bucks every year. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association estimated that combined annual premiums totaled between $475 and $500 million for more than 1 million animals by the end of 2012.
With aspiring pet parents and pet lovers in mind, WalletHub ranked the 100 largest cities in the United States based on their creature-friendliness. We used 14 essential metrics to study different areas, including ownership and maintenance costs, health care and outdoor spaces in each city. By preparing this information, current and future animal owners can enjoy the company of their pets without breaking the bank.
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