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January 5, 2019



20 Pet-Friendly Cities for Gypsy Dogs

The top 20 pet-friendly cities

Travel nurses often find great companionship in the four-legged members of their family. Dogs can be great friends and help nurses deal with job stress, change and occasional loneliness. Since travel nurses often get to choose the destination of their next assignment, here are some things to consider if you have a dog in tow.

In WalletHub’s 2016 study, it compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Pet Budget, 2) Pet Health & Wellness and 3) Outdoor Pet Friendliness.  Several metrics were evaluated, ranked, and weighted.

Results concluded that these cities have the most pet-friendly restaurants per capita: New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. And, living in these cities could yield lower veterinary costs: Stockton, CA; Columbus, OH; Corpus Christi, TX; Milwaukee, WI; and Omaha, NE.

And the winners are…the research revealed these top 20 cities for overall pet-friendliness:

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  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Birmingham, AL
  3. Tampa, FL
  4. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  5. Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Reno, NV
  7. Colorado Springs, CO
  8. Cincinnati, OH
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. St. Louis, MO
  11. Baton Rouge, LA
  12. Boise, ID
  13. Henderson, NV
  14. Atlanta, GA
  15. Plano, TX
  16. Oklahoma City, OK
  17. St. Petersburg, FL
  18. Portland, OR
  19. Gilbert, AZ
  20. Albuquerque, NM

Based on these stats, here are some areas you may want to avoid:

  • Fewest dog parks per capita: Newark, NJ; Santa Ana, CA; Corpus Christi, TX
  • Fewest pet-friendly restaurants per Capita: Newark, NJ; Detroit; MI; Boston, MA
  • Highest veterinary-care costs: New York, NY; Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA

Wherever you end up, remember that dogs require commitment. Be sure you have the time and money to provide ongoing quality care. What’s more, housing restrictions vary everywhere so be sure your lease or rental agreement allows pets.


What are the best pet friendly cities for travel nurses to bring along their furry friend?

The TOP 5 pet-friendly cities are:
Orlando, FL
Birmingham, AL
Tampa, FL
Lexington-Fayette, KY
Scottsdale, AZ

What are the worst pet friendly cities for travel nurses?

Newark, NJ
Santa Ana, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
Detroit; MI
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA

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