Report: Birmingham ranks 5th Most Pet-Friendly city in U.S.

Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Here is something to bark or purr about Birmingham! According to an in-depth report released today by WalletHub, Birmingham is the 5th “Most Pet-Friendly City in America.” 

The 2021 WalletHub report compared the animal lover friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

Here is how Birmingham ranked with on a number of key indicators:

Pet-Friendliness of Birmingham (1=Most Pet-Friendly; 50=Avg.): 

  • 5th – Veterinary Care Costs
  • 21st – Dog Insurance Premium
  • 10th – Veterinarians per Capita
  • 10th – Pet Businesses per Capita
  • 19th – Dog-Friendly Restaurants per Capita
  • 33rd – Animal Shelters per Capita
  • 48th – Pet Caretakers per Capita

Expect Birmingham to Move Up

Birmingham Alabama
Do Dah Day Parade 2017

The cities ahead of the Magic City in the national ranking are Scottsdale, AZ, Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV. 

Don’t be surprised to see our community surpass these in the 2022 ranking. Why?

Here are three game-changing pet-friendly initiatives our community has implemented and launched in 2020-21.

As reported in Bham Now:

Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Rendering of the proposed Greater Birmingham Humane Society campus off Lakeshore. Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Take Pride

Got to tell you — It’s pretty cool to live in one  of the most pet-friendly communities in the U.S. 

Now that’s a title we can take pride in holding.

Tell us why Birmingham is the 5th Most Pet Friendly city in America. Share with us on social media photos of your pet(s) or send to


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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