Who’s a good city? Who’s a good city? Milwaukee is a great place to own a dog, apparently
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Another day, another “let’s give the interns something to do and watch the clicks roll in” online list. Today’s “Great job, Milwaukee!” contestant comes courtesy of financial literacy site Nerd Wallet, who decided to analyze 50 U.S. cities and come up with a list of the “Ten Best Cities To Have A Dog.” And wouldn’t you know it, Milwaukee came in at a respectable number eight, far ahead and tugging at the leash of Minneapolis, but off to the side and sniffing the behind of St. Louis. (Portland took top honors.) How did the site come up with its four-legged list? By searching its soul and answering these three questions:
Can your dog easily play and socialize? We included the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents.
Can you afford to have a dog? We proxied affordability by the cost of a vet visit. Although there are other costs involved in owning a dog, such as food, toys and grooming, we used the cost of a vet visit to assess the relative cost of pet ownership between cities.
Are there places to walk your dog? We included a walkability measure in the calculation to assess whether you could easily take your dog outside for walks.
Here’s what Nerd Wallet had to say about our pooch-friendly home:
Milwaukee has very low-cost veterinary care as well as a somewhat walkable layout. Although there are not very many off-leash dog parks, the dog parks in Milwaukee are particularly good. Granville Dog Park has plenty of wooded trails, a creek and hills for dog to play on.
Great job, Milwaukee! (Bark! Bark!)
(As with all “Great job, Milwaukee!” posts, please share this important info a billion times on social media. And please have your dog spayed or neutered.)