TAMPA, Fla — According to a new study, our furry friends have a safe space in the Tampa Bay area as Tampa and St. Petersburg ranked in the top 10 for most pet-friendly cities across the United States.
Out of 100 of the largest cities, Tampa is No. 2 and St. Petersburg follows in sixth for most pet-friendly cities, WalletHub found in a study. The top five cities include Scottsdale, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Cincinnati, Ohio.
The study looks at three key factors in creating the list: pet budget, pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness. Based on that, researchers dove into specific metrics like veterinary cost, dog and cat insurance, animal-friendly shops, pet businesses, dog parks, weather and a variety of many many others.
Some of the cities at the bottom of the list include Chicago, New York City, Honolulu, Baltimore, Maryland; and Santa Ana, California.