Dog Owners Rock!

themorepeopledogIf you own at least one dog, you are part of a whopping 44% of Americans who do.  According to an American Pet Products survey, 54.4 Million Americans own at least 1 dog.  Don’t fear cat owners, you are represented too.  35% of American households own at least 1 cat. 🙂

The survey also revealed that spending on pets has DOUBLED since 2001.  Between 2001 and 2015 Americans jumped from spending $28.5 BILLION to $60.28 BILLION.  That’s a lot of kitty litter, toys, food & whatnots for our pets!

Ranked by the number of households with dogs, the number of dog parks & trails, dog friendly restaurants & stores, pet stores and dog walkers, these are the 10 top cities for dog owners:

1. Charleston, S.C.

  • Median home price: $349,000
  • Households who own a dog: 68%

2. Temecula, Calif.

  • Median home price: $519,000
  • Households who own a dog: 85%

3. Las Vegas

  • Median home price: $249,000
  • Households who own a dog: 62%

4. Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Median home price: $596,500
  • Households who own a dog: 69%

5. San Diego

  • Median home price: $689,000
  • Households who own a dog: 63%

6. Austin, Texas

  • Median home price: $450,000
  • Households who own a dog: 61%

7. Tampa, Fla.

  • Median home price: $230,000
  • Households who own a dog: 57%

8. Fort Collins, Colo.

  • Median home price: $419,000
  • Households who own a dog: 67%

9. Atlanta, Ga.

  • Median home price: $314,900
  • Households who own a dog: 54%

10. Seattle, Wash.

  • Median home price: $609,000
  • Households who own a dog: 52%

I didn’t notice any Orange County, California cities listed and that really surprises me!  It seems everywhere I look there’s a person walking at least one dog, there seem to be dog parks springing up left and right, people are bringing their dogs to every store they shop at, and the number of dog friendly restaurants is going up.  I’m sure we’ll be represented in next year’s survey, right NAR? Hmmm.

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