4 Pet Friendly Cities

The 85 million Americans who own pets know that moving is stressful for both people and their furry friends. That is why we rounded up four of the most pet friendly cities in America, so you can find a place your animal companion loves as much as you do.

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Scottsdale, Arizona

The year round warm weather in Scottsdale means your pet can hang out in your backyard in the middle of the winter. Scottsdale residents love their dogs; the city boasts the second most dog friendly restaurants per capita in the country. With 299 days of sunshine per year, pet owners and their animal friends can enjoy the local dog parks all year long. The nearby nature trails provide plenty of exercise options for your pup. Take your dog for a hike on Sunrise Trail, or along Brown's Ranch, two scenic routes with great desert views.

Scottsdale is a bit more upscale than nearby Phoenix. The average rent in Scottsdale is $1458 per month, with a one bedroom averaging around $1250 and a two bedroom going for about $1568 per month. More importantly for pet owners, you can get a decent amount of space for your dollar. The average rental in Scottsdale is 1073 square feet, plenty of room for your cat to build an empire.

San Francisco

San Francisco has the most dog parks per capita in the country, as well as the most pet shops per capita. The California city also has a plethora of dog friendly restaurants, so you can bring your puppy with you to brunch on Saturday morning. Besides the many designated dog parks, San Francisco is surrounded by many beautiful outdoor spaces. Spend a weekend walking your dog through the Redwood groves at Golden Gate Park, or take your pup on a hike up Land's End trail for a spectacular ocean view.

Though San Francisco has some of the most pet friendly businesses in the country, population density and high rental costs make it somewhat challenging for pet owners. The crowded environment makes places with a yard difficult to find, and square footage is limited. The average square footage of an apartment in San Fran is 870 square feet. And these small spaces don't come cheap. The average rent in San Francisco is $3684, with one bedrooms going for $3398 and two bedrooms costing $4555 per month on average. With a pet deposit, those prices climb even higher. The pint-sized apartments in SF are best suited for small pets such as cats, rabbits, birds and small dogs.

Besides rent, another big cost of making a home in SF is pet insurance. According to WalletHub, San Francisco has the second most expensive pet insurance premiums in the entire country. However, with all of the pet friendly attractions across the city, San Francisco may be worth the high price tag.

Tampa, Florida

Tampa

Located right along the gulf coast, the third biggest city in Florida is a tropical paradise for both people and pets. With balmy temperatures all year long, pet owners can enjoy beach walks with their pooch all winter. There are more than 110 dog friendly restaurants in Tampa, where dogs are welcome to lounge on outdoor patios as their owners enjoy their lunch. Tampa also has tons of dog parks, animal hospitals, and pet stores, to take care of all of your pet's needs.

Tampa is also the lowest priced city on our list. Rent averages $1176 per month, with one bedrooms costing $1033 on average and two bedrooms going for $1236.

San Diego

San-Diego

Both pets and humans love San Diego! With beaches, sunshine and amazing Mexican food, what is not to love? Take your dog for a run along one of San Diego's numerous beaches, or let them make a new friend at one of the city's many dog parks. San Diego also has a wealth of pet daycare facilities and pet spas if you want to pamper your animal friend. And that is not to mention all of the dog friendly restaurants in San Diego. Did you know that the California favorite, In-N-Out Burger, has a secret menu item just for dogs? Order the Puppy Patty and staff will serve up an unsalted hamburger, perfect for your pooch.

Beaches and dogs are a match made in heaven. San Diego loves their dogs so much, it even hosts a dog surfing competition nearby in Imperial Beach. This zany competition is going on its eighth year.

WalletHub ranked San Diego number two in the country for pet health and wellness based on the availability and affordability of veterinary care in the SoCal city.

San Diego living doesn't come cheap, however. Rent averages $2116 per month, with

one bedrooms going for $1804 per month and two bedroom apartments renting for $2257 on average.

No matter what city you live in, all that really matters is that you have your pet by your side. Check out our rental listings and find a new home for you and your animal friend today!

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