slides: Best Cities in New England for Dogs
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With an eye to dog-friendly parks, pooch-appropriate rental properties, vets, shelters, and lots of great places to shop for Fido, Men's Health crunched the data to both rank and grade each city (did anyone think to count fire hydrants?). See how New England's major metropolitan areas fared, and see which spots nationwide were the best--and worst--for canines. And while you're there, check out the most popular breeds in each state, thanks to the folks at Vetstreet.com. Has your city gone to the dogs?
To come up with its ranking, Men's Health crunched the per capita numbers of dog parks (Trust for Public Land), dog-friendly apartments (Apartments.com), vets (MyVeterinarian.com), animal shelters (Petfinder.com), and pet stores and services, along with the percentage of dog owners (both SimplyMap). Finally, they factored in state laws against animal cruelty, dog fighting, and puppy mills (Humane Society).
To read more about the rankings at Men's Health, go here. Photo: State Farm
Best Dog Cities in the US
Where are dogs happiest, according to Men's Health? Here are the Top 10 for 2012.
1. Portland, OR A+
2. Colorado Springs, CO A+
3. Wilmington, DE A+
4. Seattle, WA A
5. Denver, CO A
6. Tampa, FL A
7. Manchester, NH A-
8. St. Louis, MO A-
9. Pittsburgh, PA A-
10. Las Vegas, NV A-
Photo: David W. Dunlap
Worst Dog Cities in US
Where does Rover not want you to move? Check out the worst cities for dogs in Men's Health's Top 100 ranking.
91. Buffalo, NY D-
92. Louisville, KY F
93. Jackson, MS F
94. Corpus Christi, TX F
95. El Paso, TX F
96. Detroit, MI F
97. Bridgeport, CT F
98. Anaheim, CA F
99. Newark, NJ F
100. Los Angeles, CA F
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