The Best Pet-Friendly Cities

The Best Pet-Friendly Cities

If you're looking to move and want to provide your pet with the best and more, these are the best cities to own a pet, according to Brian Carberry of Apartment Guide, based on pet businesses per resident.

10. Billings, Montana

If you and your pooch prefer wide-open spaces, consider planting some roots in Montana. There's plenty to do in Billings for outdoor enthusiasts of the two- and four-legged variety, plus craft breweries and, perhaps even better, affordable housing. The average one-bedroom unit here is $888.

9. Rochester, New York

Nestled up to Lake Ontario, Rochester is bisected by the Genessee River, which boasts three waterfalls within city limits. There are plenty of trails and greenways to explore, and your pup will get to paw through plenty of the white stuff come wintertime. Living in Rochester will cost you and your pets an average of $1,188 for a one-bedroom unit.

8. Lakeland, Florida

There's good reason it's called Lakeland. With 38 lakes graced by the city's signature swans, there are plenty of picturesque walking spots. Just watch out for those gators. More open space isn't the only advantage of being outside of one of Florida's bigger cities. Rent in Lakeland is also affordable – a one-bedroom unit runs an average of $902.

7. Miami, Florida

With dog-friendly beaches, a chain of Pet Supermarkets and 127 parks, it's no surprise that sunny Miami is one of the best cities in America for pet lovers. You can even walk your pup on the scenic Miami Beach Boardwalk, though they can only sink their paws into the South Beach sand around sundown. You'll also find plenty of pet-friendly apartments. Not surprisingly, Miami is the most expensive city on this top 10, with an average one-bedroom apartment going for $1,944.

6. Scottsdale, Arizona

Sunny days in Scottsdale are perfect for alfresco dining, and your best fur friend doesn't have to miss out. You'll find no fewer than 120 dog-friendly restaurants, where pets are welcome on outdoor patios. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Scottsdale will run you and your pets an average of $1,459.

5. Orlando, Florida

The home of Walt Disney World! While your fur baby isn't allowed into the Magic Kingdom, you'll find ample dog parks and a popular 1-mile walking path complete with poop-bag dispensers around downtown's Lake Eola. An average one-bedroom apartment in Orlando will cost you around $1,315.

4. Columbia, South Carolina

Southern hospitality extends to those with two legs or four in the capital of South Carolina, where there's plenty of dog-friendly fun. Soak up the history and Southern charm while you and your buddy explore Columbia's lake, three rivers and national park. You can hang your hat (and your pet's leash) in Columbia for an average of $904 for a one-bedroom unit.

3. Wilmington, North Carolina

With endless miles of dog-friendly beaches and historic downtown's Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River (yes, the one from the movie), Wilmington is an ideal spot for coastal-loving pups. Their people may appreciate the city's foray into film and TV – everything from Dawson's Creek and Iron Man 3 to David Lynch's Blue Velvet were filmed in these parts. You and your pets can find a one-bedroom apartment in Wilmington for an average of $1,026.

2. Dayton, Ohio

The birthplace of aviation has a lot to offer canines with a competitive streak. Sporty pups can run, jump, slash and train at spots like Splash Your Pup indoor dog pool, or the off-leash training area at 3,700-acre Caesar Creek State Park. Compared to the rest of the top 10, Dayton also has the lowest average rental prices for one-bedroom apartments at $729.

1. Knoxville, Tennessee

The home of the University of Tennessee takes the top spot on this list of best cities in America for pet lovers. Does your pup like the water? Knoxville's 4-acre Concord Dog Park includes a doggy dock and river access. You can even take adventurous mutts tubing down the Little River with you. Landlubbing buddies will find plenty of dog parks where they can stay dry. Rent in Knoxville is also affordable. It will cost you an average of $852 for a one-bedroom apartment.

To see the full list, check out Apartment Guide's site.

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