While many Americans have moved during the pandemic—due to remote work opportunities, changing jobs, or shifting family priorities—there’s a unique group moving for a different reason: to better accommodate their dogs.
With 88% of dog owners considering their dogs part of their family, it’s no surprise that these pet parents would move to make their pups happy—but where are they moving to?
Rover took a look at new dog accounts on their platform and Zillow dug into where pet-friendly home features are on the rise to come up with a list of the top 15 emerging dog-friendly cities. The list may surprise you as it’s not just full of major cities. This past year medium-sized cities, suburbs, and other populated areas have been growing in popularity with dog owners too.
Top 15 Emerging Dog-Friendly Cities:
- Denver, CO
- Orlando, FL
- Anaheim, CA
- Charlotte, NC
- Birmingham, AL
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Glendale, AZ
- New Orleans, LA
- Tampa, FL
- Fayetteville, NC
- Fort Worth, TX
- Miami, FL
- Nashville, TN
- Saint Petersburg, FL
The number one emerging dog-friendly city in 2021 is Denver. This city ranks high in part due to its plethora of parks, dog-friendly restaurants, and breweries—there’s even a speciality dog bakery!
The number two spot might surprise you: Orlando. It shouldn’t though! This city boasts lots of sunny parks for dogs to stretch their legs, plus there’s a growing number of dog parents from Orlando listed on Rover and plenty of mentions of dog-friendly features in Zillow listings.
The Majority of Pet Parents Say Pet-Friendly Home Features Are Important
The majority of dog owners surveyed (62%) say they would consider moving to a new house or rental for their dog, with 86% stating that pet-friendly features are an important factor in moving decisions.
- This includes things like having a dog door already installed, proximity to a dog park, and fenced-in yards.
- In fact, 84% of dog owners say they would spend more for these pet-friendly features and 86% say that having private outdoor space is important to them.
Dog-Friendly Homes Sell Faster
A Zillow report on 2020 home sales found that homes sold faster when their listings mentioned dog-friendly features.
Homes with fenced backyards, for example, sold five days faster than expected when this feature was called out in their listings. Similarly, homes that had a dog run in their listings sold four days faster than expected. And last but certainly not least, home listings that mentioned a dog house were associated with a 3% higher than expected sale price.
Dog Owners and Home Purchasing Trends By the Numbers
- Nearly half (40%) of dog owners are willing to pay $5,000 more when purchasing a home to have dog-friendly features.
- 26% are willing to pay $10,000 more.
- 12% are willing to pay $25,000 more.
- 10% are willing to pay $50,000 more.
- 12% said money is no object to accommodate their dog’s needs.
- 29% are willing to pay $50 more per month
- 30% are willing to pay $100 more per month
- 15% are willing to pay $250 more per month
- 9% are willing to pay $500 more per month
- 7% are willing to pay 1,000 more per month
- 10% said money is no object to accommodate their dog’s needs
The bottom line? Dogs have truly become a part of American families, so it follows that they factor heavily into moving decisions—and may even be the catalyst for them.