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Sacramento Ranked 6th Most Dog-Friendly City in the U.S.


With all the beautiful sights and activities Sacramento has to offer its human residents, it should come as no surprise that man’s best friend can consider it a great city to live in as well.

According to a recent study conducted by SmartAsset, Sacramento ranks as the sixth most dog-friendly city in the United States. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company helping consumers make smarter financial decisions, collected data on 100 major American cities and created a list of the 25 most dog-friendly cities. To quantify how dog-friendly cities are, they utilized six metrics categorized into two factors: dog accessibility and quality of life.

To analyze dog accessibility, the study used the following metrics: dog parks per 100,000 residents, dog-friendly shopping areas and dog-friendly restaurants. The metrics determining the quality of life include, the cities’ calculated walk-ability score from a 0-100 scale (0 signifies car-dependency and 100 is walking paradise), the weather determined by annual precipitation days and housing costs measured by the median home sale price.

After ranking the cities according to the six metrics, applying 20% weight to each dog accessibility metric, 15% to walk-ability and weather, and 10% to housing costs, a combined rank on a 100-point index was created. Key findings of the study revealed the west side of the country is the best side, given seven of the top 10 most dog-friendly cities are in western U.S. Also, Southern cities with the exception of Tampa, Florida, are at the bottom of the list and California is the most dog-friendly state with three cities ranking in the top 10.

Scoring an 86.53 on the index scale, Sacramento snagged a spot on the top 10 of the best cities for canines to be. With 2.08 dog parks per 100,000 residents, 3 dog-friendly shopping centers, a walk score of 43, 39.7 days of precipitation and 58 dog-friendly restaurants, it’s no wonder our beloved city of trees ranked sixth on the list. Some highly consumer-rated restaurants where dogs are allowed include, East Sac Shack which has a dog patio, water bowls and dog biscuits, and Juno’s Kitchen and Delicatessen where “Juno” refers to owner Mark Helms’ beloved dog.

Of the 25 cities which made it onto the list, six cities are in California including, the number one city for dogs, San Francisco. San Diego ranked fourth, Long Beach 13th, Los Angeles 18th, Bakersfield 23rd and Fresno came in at 25. With more cities than any other state to score high enough for this list, further solidifies why California is the Golden State.

As the leaves begin to turn orange and the weather cools for more pleasant outdoor adventures, it’s a perfect time to visit one of 11 off-leash dog parks, take a fun shopping trip, or to share a meal with your four-legged best friend in celebration of living in the sixth most dog-friendly city in America.

Photo by Zac Taiji/CC Flickr

About the author

Liliana Nava

Liliana Nava is a University of California, Davis alumni with a B.A. in Communications and English. She is an aspiring journalist that loves interacting with people, writing, apes, Cosmopolitan and bubbles. She strives to provide readers with the utmost professional, comprehensive and reliable information encompassing the Sacramento region.

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