The 10 Most Affordable Pet-Friendly Cities

You don’t have to choose between having a pet and owning a home

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Close to 78 million dogs and 86 million cats live in the U.S. More than 104 million pets live with their owners. The benefits of owning a dog are endless. Research has shown that canines and pets in general, make people happy and improve your heart health.[slideshow:102567]

Few people will refuse to take care of an animal, if money was no object; many agree that pets can be a financial burden. About $67 billion was spent on pets and pets care in the country alone last year, according to research.

Pets are treated as equal member of a family. It’s no surprise that owners want to live in an area that provides the best quality of life for their furry best friend— great veterinary care, off-leash parks, and even restaurants that welcome Fido. The following list is based on The Mortgage Reports’ analysis of the most pet-friendly cities.

FIDO Scores™ are highest in cities that are both pet-friendly and affordable. Pet-friendliness is determined using a score from a 2016 WalletHub study which examines 19 metrics in 100 cities -- everything from veterinary care costs to the number of hotels allowing pets.

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