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The 20 Most Dog-Friendly Cities of 2019

Seattle, Chicago and Denver are this year’s top cities for dog lovers, according to a new ranking from Redfin, the tech-powered real estate brokerage, and Rover, the largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers in the country.

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Rover ran the numbers on over 14,000 cities across the country, compiling a list with the highest counts of walks, dog walkers and sitters, along with total hours, minutes and distance per walk by each dog walker or sitter on Rover. Because each top city needs a top dog, Rover also uncovered the most popular breed in each area.

Redfin then coupled Rover’s insights with data on homes for sale to take a closer look at what life as a dog is like in each city. Redfin analyzed how often the keyword ‘dog’ appeared in the online listing descriptions of homes for sale, often to note that a property was dog-friendly or close to dog parks. The company also included each dog-friendly city’s Walk Score® to highlight how easy it is to treat your dog to his or her favorite activity.

“Dogs are part of the family, so it’s important to factor in our furry friends when choosing a place to live,” said Daryl Fairweather, Redfin’s chief economist and a Seattle dog owner. “Highlighting dog-friendly amenities like a spacious yard or a mudroom for dirty paws in your listing can make it easier for buyers to find the home of their dog’s dreams.”

Here’s Redfin and Rover’s definitive ranking for the most dog-friendly cities of 2019:

CityRover RankShare of For-Sale Home Listings that mention “Dog”Walk ScoreTop Dog
Seattle, WA12%73Labrador Retriever
Chicago, IL24%78Mixed Breed
Denver, CO34%61Labrador Retriever
Manhattan, NY44%89French Bulldog
Washington, DC51%77Mixed Breed
Portland, OR62%65Mixed Breed
Los Angeles, CA72%67Chihuahua
Brooklyn, NY84%89Pit Bull Mix
San Francisco, CA94%86Mixed Breed
San Diego, CA102%51Mixed Breed
Philadelphia, PA112%79Pit Bull Mix
Houston, TX122%49Mixed Breed
Austin, TX133%40Mixed Breed
Arlington, VA143%37Mixed Breed
Minneapolis, MN151%69Labrador Retriever
Alexandria, VA163%60Mixed Breed
Dallas, TX172%46Labrador Retriever
Atlanta, GA185%49Mixed Breed
San Jose, CA192%51Labrador Retriever
Nashville, TN201%28Mixed Breed

Despite the notion that some people may wait to move to the suburbs to adopt a dog, urban cores still rank highest in dog friendliness. Cities renowned for leafy parks and outdoor activities like Seattle, Chicago and Denver claimed the top spots. And while New York City, Brooklyn and San Francisco rank highest for walkability, a seemingly significant factor when deciding to get a dog, they rank lower for overall dog friendliness, perhaps due to a higher cost of living, and housing inventory of typically smaller apartments.

Other highlights include Washington, D.C., and its Virginia suburbs of Arlington and Alexandria, all making the list, possibly aligned to an influx of interest in the area following Amazon’s arrival to town.

When it comes to breed, all dogs are adored equally, but Rover sees the highest intake of mixed breeds and Labrador Retrievers nationwide. And ever the cosmopolitan hubs, New York City and Los Angeles stand out with Frenchies and Chihuahuas, respectively. Across the river from Manhattan, Brooklyn marches to its own beat, and prefers pit bull mixes, as does Philadelphia.

However, no matter where you live or what dog you own, if you’ve opened your home to love and care for a dog, we’re guessing it’s as dog friendly as it gets. For the full report, visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/most-dog-friendly-cities/.

About Redfin 
Redfin (
www.redfin.com) is the tech-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.

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