15 Best Dog Park Cities in 2022

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Dog parks can be a real treat for you and your pup: while Spot runs and fights, you can have fun with other dog lovers.

Which US cities with dog-friendly green spaces are up to the task and which are in the niche?

We compared 93 of the largest US cities based on dog park access, quality, and climate. Specifically, we looked at the number of dog parks per 100,000 people.

Check out the top dogs in our rankings and the runts from the litter below.

1. San Francisco, California

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Overall score: 62.15

Access rank: 3

Quality classification: 18

Climate: 17

2. Henderson, Nevada

Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Overall score: 59.36

Access rank: 2

Quality classification: 48

Climate: 8

3. Portland, OR

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Overall score: 56.39

Access rank: 1

Quality classification: 55

Climate: 50

4. Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida
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Overall score: 54.56

Access rank: 5

Quality classification: 24

Climate: 31

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Overall score: 53.2

Access rank: 8

Quality classification: 42

Climate: 8

6.Oakland, CA

Oakland, California
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Overall score: 52.74

Access rank: 4

Quality classification: 54

Climate: 17

7. Irving, TX

Irving, TX
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Overall score: 51.69

Access rank: 48

Quality classification: 2

Climate: 44

8. Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada
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Overall score: 51.41

Access rank: 25

Quality classification: 5

Climate: 24

9. Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk Virginia
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Overall score: 50.35

Access rank: 11

Quality classification: 8

Climate: 36

10. Lubbock, TX

Lubbock Texas
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Overall score: 49.4

Access rank: 57

Quality classification: 4

Climate: 27

11. Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio
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Overall score: 46.39

Access rank: 74

Quality classification: 1

Climate: 87

12. Greensboro, North Carolina

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Overall score: 45.95

Access rank: 64

Quality classification: 3

Climate: 53

13.Madison, Wis.

Madison, Wis.
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Overall score: 45.15

Access rank: 5

Quality classification: 49

Climate: 85

14. Arlington, Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
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Overall score: 44.46

Access rank: seven

Quality classification: 53

Climate: 56

15. Chesapeake, Virginia

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Overall score: 44.38

Access rank: 23

Quality classification: ten

Climate: 36

Methodology

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We’ve ranked 93 of the largest US cities from best (#1) to worst (#93) for dog parks based on their overall scores (out of a possible 100 points), averaged over the weighted measures listed in the table below.

We started with a sample of 100 U.S. cities matching the Trust for Public Land’s annual urban park survey sample. Our final sample, 93 cities, excludes seven cities that lacked data on the number of dog parks per 100,000 BPD population.

Here are the other measures we used:

  • Dog parks per 100,000 inhabitants
  • Average consumer rating for dog parks (out of 5 dog bones)
  • Total number of reviews for dog parks
  • Share of highly rated dog parks (4.5 bones and above)
  • Average monthly rainfall (in inches)
  • Average Monthly Percentage of Sunshine
  • Average number of very cold days
  • Average number of very hot days

Sources: BringFido, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Trust for Public Land and Yelp

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