Austin is a purr-fect place for pets, with the city clawing its way to No. 4 on a new WalletHub list of the pet-friendliest cities in the U.S. Last year, WalletHub placed Austin in the No. 7 spot among the cities that are friendliest to our furry friends.
To come up with its 2018 ranking, the personal finance website analyzed 24 pet-friendliness factors in the 100 largest U.S. cities, comparing everything from pet care costs to weather to number of dog parks per capita.
Taking those factors into consideration, Austin fared especially well this year in the “pet health and wellness” category, coming in at No. 2 among the 100 largest cities. Austin is somewhat in the doghouse in the two other overarching categories, posting a No. 33 rank in the “pet budget” grouping and a No. 58 rank for “outdoor pet-friendliness.”
Digging deeper into the WalletHub findings — like a dog would for a buried bone — Austin tied for first place for the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita. According to BringFido.com, Austin is barking up the right tree with 473 dog-friendly restaurants, including Banger’s, Yard Bar, Red’s Porch, and Kerbey Lane.
And if that weren’t doggone great on its own, Realtor.com in 2016 ranked Austin as the sixth best city in the U.S. for dog lovers. The real estate website noted that 61 percent of Austin households have pooches.
On WalletHub’s 2018 list of the pet-friendliest cities, Scottsdale, Arizona, leads the pack, followed by Orlando, Florida (No. 2), and San Diego (No. 3).
Elsewhere in Texas, Plano ranked 15th; Fort Worth, 24th; Arlington, 30th; San Antonio, 34th; Garland, 54th; Irving, 58th; Houston, 61st; and Dallas, 72nd.