A new report by real estate listings site Trulia confirms what the pet-loving people of San Francisco have likely known for a while now: the city is one of the most pet-friendly places to live. Specifically, Trulia has named San Francisco as No. 1 in its ranking of the 25 most pet-friendly rental markets in the country due to the city's plentiful pet-friendly landlords, low pet fees at apartments, and high concentrations of pet stores and pet services. Now if San Francisco landlords would only lower their rent fees for humans.
The site said it searched through all of its listings in each market to evaluate its pet-friendliness based on those three factors, seeing as it's already hard to find a new apartment, let alone one that will welcome your furry friend, or friends, too. Along with SF, the top five pet-friendliest markets include Seattle, Denver, Oakland, and Portland, Ore. Check out Trulia's map right here:
Additionally, Trulia found that while SF is the most pet-friendly of the 25 markets, San Diego actually has the highest concentration of pet services and stores and Dallas has the most rental listings saying they allow pets. Meanwhile, Washington D.C., which ranks second to last on the list, is the most expensive rental market for pets thanks to high pet fees, deposits, and pet rents, according to the report.
Another interesting finding from the report is that nationally, landlords apparently prefer cats over dogs, with 20% of rentals allowing cats, 18% allowing small dogs, and only 4% of listings saying big dogs are allowed.
Overall, the West Coast was found to have an abundance of pet stores and pet services -- nine of the top 10 metro rental markets with the highest amounts of these services are in four West Coast states, California, Washington, Oregon, or Arizona (which is kind of the West Coast, we guess), according to Trulia. For example, San Diego has one pet business for every 817 households.
Here's Trulia's full ranking of America's pet-friendliest cities:
1. San Francisco
4. Oakland, Calif.
5. Portland, Ore.
7. St. Louis
8. New York
10. San Diego
13. Cambridge, Mass.
15. Newark, N.J.
16. Los Angeles
17. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
19. Orange County, Calif.
20. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
22. Tampa-St.Petersburg, Fla.
24. Washington D.C.
25. Baltimore, Md.