Everyone knows that dogs are human’s best friend. They go everywhere with us, from car rides and casual trips to the park to planned vacations. But have you ever wondered exactly how many dogs live in households across the United States? According to the statistics portal, Statista, there are over 89 million pups living in American households based on a recent census!
These 89 million dogs are spread out across over 19,000 cities that make up our country and, while most of these cities are dog-friendly, there are a few notable areas that go above and beyond to make our four-legged friends feel welcomed. From the east to the west, check out the top 4 dog-friendly cities in America:
- Portland, Oregon
Portland is the perfect fusion of nature and urban life for dogs and humans alike. From green, lush hiking trails to a vibrant downtown scene — what’s not to love? Portland is also home to over 35 off-leash dog parks, including Gabriel Park, one of the city’s largest parks! At over 90 acres total, Gabriel Parkfeatures a 15-acre off-leash dog park so Fido can exert all that energy and meet a lot of new friends while he’s at it!
- Austin, Texas
Austin, the capital of the Lone Star State, has been in the news in recent years for its bustling start-ups, attracting Generation X and millennials with its up-and-coming status as one of the top cities in America. And, where people go, dogs are sure to follow. In fact, according to theAustin American Statesman, Austin is coined as “Dogtown” as a tribute to its many furry, canine residents. Similar to Portland, Austin’s focus on the perfect blend of city and rural life help to earn its spot as one of the top dog-friendly cities in the United States.