The 15 Most Dog-Friendly Cities of 2021 — Did Yours Make the List?

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A survey conducted by real estate website Zillow and pet care service Rover found that pet owners have moved or are considering a move to these 15 dog-friendly cities:

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Anaheim, CA
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Birmingham, AL
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Glendale, AZ
  9. New Orleans, LA
  10. Tampa, FL
  11. Fayetteville, NC
  12. Fort Worth, TX
  13. Miami, FL
  14. Nashville, TN
  15. Saint Petersburg, FL

The results are based on a poll taken by 1,000 U.S. dog owners via Pollfish in April 2021.

What data was used to determine the results

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In addition to the individuals polled, Zillow focused on cities where home and rental listings included dog-friendly features like fenced-in yards and close proximity to parks. They found that homes that included these features sold five days faster than homes that didn’t.

Zillow wrote that only cities with a population of 200,000 or greater, according to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, were considered.

Rover used their resources to look into how many new dog accounts were created in those U.S. cities.

Ultimately, the survey found:

24% of dog owners in the U.S. have moved into a new home since March 2020, and 62% would consider moving to a new home to better accommodate their dog.

The most dog-friendly cities have fenced yards

It’s no suprise that fenced yards are highly desired by dog parents — millenial dog parents, in particular.

In 2017, a study conducted by Harris Poll found that “33% of millennial home buyers’ decision to buy a home was driven chiefly by their dog.”

Denver is the No. 1 most dog-friendly city

denver dogs on a pack walk

Outward Hound has always been proud to call Denver home.  We fully stand by the fact that pets are part of our family.

We strive to enrich the lives of pets and their families worldwide with innovations that deliver happiness. Colorado inspires us to make the best pet products for your fur-family every day!

Colorado-inspired dog gear

The balance between our the urban city environment, nature, and the Rockies is what makes Denver so great.

Here are a few of pet products we make that pay homage to our home state.

Denver Urban Pack

dog on a walk ni the sun. how hot is too hot for dogs

Inspo: Denver, of course!

The stylish and light-capacity Denver Urban Dog Pack is constructed with breathable mesh for airflow and adjustable straps to keep your dog comfortable and cool while strolling through the town, on a day hike in the backcountry, or walking in the park.

Granby Splash Dog Life Jacket

granby dog life jacket on a corgi

Inspo: Granby Lake

Outward Hound’s Granby Splash Dog Life Jacket is a high-performance dog flotation device for boating, water sport adventures and activities with dogs.

We named this dog life vest after Granby, Colorado, which had the third-largest body of water in the state. The perfect location for swimming and boating adventures with our dogs, of course!

Standley Sport Performance Dog Life Vest

standley dog life jacket on a golden retriever

Inspo: Standley Lake

We named this dog life jacket after Standley Lake Regional Park. It’s the Denver Metropolitian area’s third-largest reservior and a popular destination for paddling, hiking, wildlife-viewing, and fishing.

Dawson Swim Life Jacket

dawson dog life jacket

Inspo: Dawson Reservoir

Our Dawson dog life jacket is named after Dawson Reservoir near Rifle, Colorado. A popular fishing destination.

The Dawson was designed with reinforced handles in order to be able to lift a dog out of the water while in a boat, on a paddleboard, or in a swimming pool

Explore Denver

If you get the chance to visit our awesome city, we hope you check out all of the dog-friendly adventures it has to offer.

Are you planning a camping trip in our area? We’ve got a great list of 10 dog-friendly campgrounds in Colorado for you to check out.