Wild for animals: The cities that spend the most on pets
When a household welcomes a pet into the family, spending goes up. A 2011 survey by the American Pets Products Association estimates that 72.9 million homes in the U.S. own a pet, and that Americans will spend around $50.84 billion this year on pet food, vet care, grooming, among other pet-related spending.
But some U.S. cities have greater numbers of cat ladies, dog fanatics, lizard lovers and other domesticated family members than others. We looked at the top 100 cities in the U.S. for pet-related spending, and, according to our data, which comes from the U.S. government, anonymous and aggregated spending transactions from Citi, and third party data providers, households in Scottsdale, Ariz. spend more on their pets than any other city in the U.S. — a median of $47.88 a month, nearly twice the U.S. monthly median of $23.96. In fact, four Arizona cities made it on our Top 10 list, making the Grand Canyon state the pet-friendliest in America.
Did your city make the cut? Check out our slideshow on the Top 25 cities for pets spending.