Woof! Pet Friendly Cities Worth Speaking About (And Home Amenities Too)

Woof! Pet Friendly Cities Worth Speaking About (And Home Amenities Too)

Just in time for National Hug Your Dog Day, tech-powered brokerage Redfin has joined forces with Rover, a networking platform to pet sitters, to rank the top cities for dog lovers. SeattleChicago and Denver top the list, compiled from over 14,000 cities across the country using Rover’s data for walks, dog walkers and pet sitters. Rover also uncovered the most popular breed in each area.

Redfin then coupled Rover’s insights with data on homes for sale to take a closer look at what life as a dog is like in each city. Redfin analyzed how often the keyword ‘dog’ appeared in the online listing descriptions of homes for sale, often to note that a property was dog-friendly or close to dog parks. The company also included each dog-friendly city’s Walk Score® to highlight how easy it is to treat your dog to his or her favorite activity.

“Dogs are part of the family, so it’s important to factor in our furry friends when choosing a place to live,” said Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s chief economist and a Seattle dog owner. “Highlighting dog-friendly amenities like a spacious yard or a mudroom for dirty paws in your listing can make it easier for buyers to find the home of their dog’s dreams.”

Here’s Redfin and Rover’s definitive ranking for the most dog-friendly cities of 2019:

City

Rover Rank

Share of For-Sale Home Listings that mention “Dog”

Walk Score

Top Dog

Seattle, WA

1

2%

73

Labrador Retriever

Chicago, IL

2

4%

78

Mixed Breed

Denver, CO

3

4%

61

Labrador Retriever

Manhattan, NY

4

4%

89

French Bulldog

Washington, DC

5

1%

77

Mixed Breed

Portland, OR

6

2%

65

Mixed Breed

Los Angeles, CA

7

2%

67

Chihuahua

Brooklyn, NY

8

4%

89

Pit Bull Mix

San Francisco, CA

9

4%

86

Mixed Breed

San Diego, CA

10

2%

51

Mixed Breed

Philadelphia, PA

11

2%

79

Pit Bull Mix

Houston, TX

12

2%

49

Mixed Breed

Austin, TX

13

3%

40

Mixed Breed

Arlington, VA

14

3%

37

Mixed Breed

Minneapolis, MN

15

1%

69

Labrador Retriever

Alexandria, VA

16

3%

60

Mixed Breed

Dallas, TX

17

2%

46

Labrador Retriever

Atlanta, GA

18

5%

49

Mixed Breed

San Jose, CA

19

2%

51

Labrador Retriever

Nashville, TN

20

1%

28

Mixed Breed

Despite the notion that some people may wait to move to the suburbs to adopt a dog, urban cores still rank highest in dog friendliness. Cities renowned for leafy parks and outdoor activities like SeattleChicago and Denver claimed the top spots. And while New York CityBrooklyn and San Francisco rank highest for walkability, a seemingly significant factor when deciding to get a dog, they rank lower for overall dog friendliness, perhaps due to a higher cost of living, and housing inventory of typically smaller apartments.

Other highlights include Washington, D.C., and its Virginia suburbs of Arlington and Alexandria, all making the list, possibly aligned to an influx of interest in the area following Amazon’s arrival to town.

Needless to say, “pet friendliness” is in the eye of the beholder. Staff at REAL Trends have noticed more homes on the market being touted for pet friendly features. Check out our video on some of the amenities we’re seeing.

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After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, Tracey set out in the real world at Florida Realtors in 1994 as a communication assistant, working her way up to editor in chief of Florida Realtor magazine. In 2004, she left the association to start her freelance writing and editing business. One of her first clients was REAL Trends, and she started working for the organization in 2005. In 2014, Tracey was promoted to editor in chief of publications for REAL Trends. She handles the writing and editing of all REAL Trends publications and marketing materials, including LORE Magazine, the REAL Trends newsletter and the blog. She is also the primary podcast interviewer where she conducts interviews with top real estate industry leaders and affiliated industry leaders. Tracey is married with two children.

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