The Top 5 Most and Least Expensive U.S. Cities to Have a Dog

By: Britta Gidican, PR Director

We recently joined forces with Redfin, a residential real estate company, and Rover.com, a network of dog lovers for hire, to get a holistic look at the costs involved in responsibly caring for a dog in major cities across the United States.

While the cost of food and toys can be squeezed into most monthly budgets, the costs involved in dog-friendly housing, veterinary bills and quality pet care can really add up, especially in big cities.

To determine which cities are the most and least expensive, each company analyzed data on 116 major US cities, and then ranked the list based on the following criteria:

Housing: How much more you’ll pay for a dog-friendly rental compared to the average cost of all rentals in the city, based on data from Walk Score, a Redfin company.

Healthcare: Average monthly payment for medical insurance from Trupanion for a mixed breed male puppy with a $250 deductible.

Pet Care: Average daily rates for dog sitting and day care, based on data from Rover.com.

According to the analysis, here are the top 5 most and least expensive cities to have a dog:

Most Expensive Cities to Have a Dog

Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  3. Aurora, CO
  4. Portland, OR
  5. Chula Vista, CA

1. Phoenix, AZ
2. The Woodlands, TX
3. Nashville, TN
4. Detroit, MI
5. Fayetteville, NC

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