Is Denver the most dog-friendly city in the country? — The Know

If you live with a dog in the Mile High City, bend down, scratch his belly and tell him how lucky he is. According to a new survey from Rover and Zillow, Denver tops the list for dog-friendly cities.

The main criteria: How many people have considered their pet’s well-being — and even put that first — when considering a move.

About 10% of Americans moved during the tumultuous last year. As our dogs have gone from best friends to family, they’ve weighed heavily in moving decisions. The new study found that about 24% of dog owners in the United States moved since March 2020 and another 62% would consider moving to a new home to better accommodate their dog.

The survey created this list by looking at new dog accounts created on Rover — whether from dog owners new to the area or longtime residents with a newly adopted dog — while Zillow dug into cities where dog-friendly features were listed on properties.

Denver took the top spot because of the number of new Rover accounts created. Features like a nearby dog park or an at-home dog run also helped Denver climb the ranks.

Top 10 Emerging Dog-Friendly Cities, according to Zillow and Rover:
  1. Denver 
  2. Orlando, Fla. 
  3. Anaheim, Calif.
  4. Charlotte, N.C.
  5. Birmingham, Ala.
  6. Atlanta, Ga.
  7. Boston, Mass.
  8. Glendale, Ariz.
  9. New Orleans, La.
  10. Tampa, Fla.

“Home became more important than ever during the pandemic, sparking the Great Reshuffling. As we rethink where and how we want to live, we’re reevaluating what we want and need in a home in this new normal. For many families, that includes considering what’s best for their four-legged family members,” said Zillow home trends expert Amanda Pendleton.

“Homes with a dog house sold for 3% more than expected last year, while homes with a fenced yard or dog run sold a few days faster than similar homes without these features, even in a year where the market was moving exceptionally fast.”

 “This year, we spent an extraordinary amount of time with our pets, and many of us relied on their companionship more than ever. As a result, our emotional bonds with our pets also strengthened,” said Kate Jaffe, trends expert at Rover. “Pets are taking on an even greater role in our families, so it’s no surprise that our dogs’ needs are a top priority for pet parents considering a new home.”

Among dog owners surveyed, 86% said dog-friendly features are an important factor in their moving decision, and almost all those people also said they would spend more for those features.

Homes with dog-friendly features sold five days faster than expected, according to Zillow. A fenced-in outdoor space is the most-desired home feature for dog owners, according to the survey. 

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