Knoxville named ‘Best City in America for Pet Lovers’


Knoxville has been named the best city in America for pet lovers thanks to a high frequency of pet businesses. 

Knoxville tops the list of pet-friendly cities thanks to a nation-best ratio of 905 residents per 1 pet-related business. Knoxville narrowly beat out Dayton, Ohio, which boasts a ratio of 912 residents per 1 pet business. 

According to the post on, Knoxville is home to 33 pet grooming businesses, 29 pet boarding & sitting businesses, 16 parks, 14 pet supply stores, 13 pet shops, 9 veterinarians, 8 pet service businesses and one training business. 

Southeastern cities dominate the list, accounting for six of the top ten best cities for pet owners. 

The Top Ten

  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. Dayton, OH
  3. Wilmington, NC
  4. Columbia, SC
  5. Orlando, FL
  6. Scottsdale, AZ
  7. Miami, FL
  8. Lakeland, FL
  9. Rochester, NY
  10. Billings, MT

Visit to see a complete list of the 50 best cities for pet owners and their methodology.

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