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The Best American Cities for Dog Lovers

24/7 Wall St.
24/7 Wall St.
 2021-11-19

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3TwmiK_0d20JhJY00 It’s a great time to be a dog. Dog ownership is soaring. The pet-product sector -- and dogs in particular -- is virtually recession-proof. More cities and towns are trying to accommodate dogs and their owners with dog parks, and restaurant owners are welcoming our four-legged pals with open arms.

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With those factors in mind, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the best cities for dog lovers. We used data from Lawnstarter on which cities had the best outdoor access, cost, and climate. Each rank is out of 153 cities, and each value is calculated by Lawnstarter.

It should come as no surprise that the list is dominated by Sun Belt cities in Texas and Florida, which combined have 17 cities on the list. Other states with favorable climate include Arizona, Tennessee, New Mexico and Louisiana.

Sunny Tampa, Florida, is so accommodating to dogs and their owners that the city’s website has a section titled Barks and Recreation that lists dog parks and outlines dog-park etiquette. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department recently offered free microchipping for dogs to keep track of the animals.

But climate is not the only factor for the best cities for dogs. Rochester and Buffalo in New York both made the list, and New Jersey cities Paterson, Newark and Jersey City -- the latter two buoyed by gentrification and a surge in dog parks -- all are among the best cities for our canine friends.

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50. San Antonio, TX
> Overall score: 34.30
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #8 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #71 highest out of 153 cities

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49. Nashville, TN
> Overall score: 34.43
> Access rank: #40 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #82 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #104 highest out of 153 cities

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48. Colorado Springs, CO
> Overall score: 34.47
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #27 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #16 highest out of 153 cities

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47. Charlotte, NC
> Overall score: 34.78
> Access rank: #55 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #31 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #57 highest out of 153 cities

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46. Tucson, AZ
> Overall score: 35.21
> Access rank: #46 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #45 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #45 highest out of 153 cities

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45. Des Moines, IA
> Overall score: 35.32
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #17 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #30 highest out of 153 cities

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44. Austin, TX
> Overall score: 35.46
> Access rank: #44 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #46 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #59 highest out of 153 cities

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43. St. Louis, MO
> Overall score: 35.67
> Access rank: #39 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #24 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #135 highest out of 153 cities

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42. Brownsville, TX
> Overall score: 35.92
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #7 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #23 highest out of 153 cities

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41. Akron, OH
> Overall score: 35.98
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #2 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #63 highest out of 153 cities

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40. El Paso, TX
> Overall score: 36.16
> Access rank: #52 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #33 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #24 highest out of 153 cities

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39. Portland, OR
> Overall score: 36.41
> Access rank: #50 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #71 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #5 highest out of 153 cities

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38. Sioux Falls, SD
> Overall score: 36.44
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #8 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #14 highest out of 153 cities

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37. Corpus Christi, TX
> Overall score: 36.50
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #5 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #21 highest out of 153 cities

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36. Metairie, LA
> Overall score: 36.70
> Access rank: #14 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #126 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #139 highest out of 153 cities

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35. North Las Vegas, NV
> Overall score: 36.81
> Access rank: #29 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #112 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #41 highest out of 153 cities

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34. Pembroke Pines, FL
> Overall score: 36.90
> Access rank: #21 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #104 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #125 highest out of 153 cities

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33. Irving, TX
> Overall score: 36.95
> Access rank: #28 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #77 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #86 highest out of 153 cities

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32. Chattanooga, TN
> Overall score: 36.96
> Access rank: #18 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #120 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #111 highest out of 153 cities

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31. Columbus, GA
> Overall score: 36.99
> Access rank: #26 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #117 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #68 highest out of 153 cities

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30. Port St. Lucie, FL
> Overall score: 37.63
> Access rank: #61 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #1 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #103 highest out of 153 cities

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29. Hollywood, FL
> Overall score: 37.98
> Access rank: #17 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #104 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #125 highest out of 153 cities

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28. Bellevue, WA
> Overall score: 38.01
> Access rank: #15 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #148 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #9 highest out of 153 cities

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27. Buffalo, NY
> Overall score: 38.10
> Access rank: #36 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #76 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #39 highest out of 153 cities

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26. Albuquerque, NM
> Overall score: 38.14
> Access rank: #38 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #66 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #27 highest out of 153 cities

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25. Arlington, VA
> Overall score: 38.38
> Access rank: #33 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #56 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #47 highest out of 153 cities

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24. Lexington, KY
> Overall score: 38.40
> Access rank: #41 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #20 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #62 highest out of 153 cities

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23. Paterson, NJ
> Overall score: 38.74
> Access rank: #12 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #122 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #116 highest out of 153 cities

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22. Newark, NJ
> Overall score: 38.80
> Access rank: #11 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #122 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #115 highest out of 153 cities

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21. Jersey City, NJ
> Overall score: 39.03
> Access rank: #4 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #151 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #121 highest out of 153 cities

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20. Reno, NV
> Overall score: 39.77
> Access rank: #31 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #64 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #13 highest out of 153 cities

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19. Rochester, NY
> Overall score: 39.88
> Access rank: #25 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #91 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #22 highest out of 153 cities

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18. Miramar, FL
> Overall score: 39.96
> Access rank: #13 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #104 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #102 highest out of 153 cities

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17. Tampa, FL
> Overall score: 40.43
> Access rank: #9 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #128 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #81 highest out of 153 cities

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16. Salt Lake City, UT
> Overall score: 40.57
> Access rank: #24 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #56 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #38 highest out of 153 cities

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15. Knoxville, TN
> Overall score: 41.05
> Access rank: #22 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #37 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #73 highest out of 153 cities

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14. Winston-Salem, NC
> Overall score: 41.83
> Access rank: #37 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #4 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #58 highest out of 153 cities

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13. Tempe, AZ
> Overall score: 42.18
> Access rank: #6 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #10 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #146 highest out of 153 cities

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12. Wichita, KS
> Overall score: 42.38
> Access rank: #23 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #19 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #65 highest out of 153 cities

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11. Garland, TX
> Overall score: 42.49
> Access rank: #8 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #95 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #86 highest out of 153 cities

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10. Vancouver, WA
> Overall score: 43.42
> Access rank: #19 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #71 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #5 highest out of 153 cities

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9. Lubbock, TX
> Overall score: 43.45
> Access rank: #35 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #55 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #2 highest out of 153 cities

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8. Honolulu, HI
> Overall score: 45.31
> Access rank: #20 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #136 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #1 highest out of 153 cities

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7. Providence, RI
> Overall score: 45.40
> Access rank: #5 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #131 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #100 highest out of 153 cities

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6. Grand Prairie, TX
> Overall score: 46.34
> Access rank: #7 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #77 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #86 highest out of 153 cities

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5. Killeen, TX
> Overall score: 46.46
> Access rank: #16 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #6 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #37 highest out of 153 cities

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4. Midland, TX
> Overall score: 48.37
> Access rank: #10 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #59 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #3 highest out of 153 cities

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3. Thornton, CO
> Overall score: 51.77
> Access rank: #2 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #138 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #76 highest out of 153 cities

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2. Overland Park, KS
> Overall score: 54.58
> Access rank: #2 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #67 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #106 highest out of 153 cities

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1. Fort Lauderdale, FL
> Overall score: 55.37
> Access rank: #1 highest out of 153 cities
> Cost rank: #104 highest out of 153 cities
> Climate rank: #125 highest out of 153 cities

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