Scottsdale Ranks #4 City for Dogs

dog park dogsA whopping 54.4 million households – or 44 percent – own at least one dog, according to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association survey. That trumps the 35 percent of cat-owning households.

Read more: The Power of Pets in Real Estate

Americans sure do love their pets. In fact, spending on pets has doubled from 2001 to 2015, up from $28.5 billion to $60.28 billion, according to the APPA.

In some cities, the number of dog owners, in particular, is growing. Realtor.com®’s research team sniffed out the 10 best cities for dogs, factoring in the percentage of households that own a dog as well as the number of dog parks and trails, dog-friendly restaurants, pet stores, and dog walkers.

These cities go to the pooches:

1. Charleston, S.C.

  • Median home price: $349,000
  • Households who own a dog: 68%

2. Temecula, Calif.

  • Median home price: $519,000
  • Households who own a dog: 85%

3. Las Vegas

  • Median home price: $249,000
  • Households who own a dog: 62%

4. Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Median home price: $596,500
  • Households who own a dog: 69%

5. San Diego

  • Median home price: $689,000
  • Households who own a dog: 63%

6. Austin, Texas

  • Median home price: $450,000
  • Households who own a dog: 61%

7. Tampa, Fla.

  • Median home price: $230,000
  • Households who own a dog: 57%

8. Fort Collins, Colo.

  • Median home price: $419,000
  • Households who own a dog: 67%

9. Atlanta, Ga.

  • Median home price: $314,900
  • Households who own a dog: 54%

10. Seattle, Wash.

  • Median home price: $609,000
  • Households who own a dog: 52%

Source: “Top 10 American Cities for Dogs (and the People Who Love Them),” realtor.com® (June 6, 2016)

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