As New York City’s dog lovers anxiously await the crowning of this year’s “Best In Show” at The Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, we estimated the number of pets (dogs and cats only) that call New York City their home.
Based on our analysis, we estimate that there are approximately 1.1 million pets in the City (600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats), or an ownership rate of about one pet for every three households. This figure is lower than the national average (about 60%), as you might expect given the City’s tighter living quarters and that some apartment buildings still do not allow pets. As shown in the above map, dogs and cats seem to really enjoy living near Central Park and the back yards of Staten Island.
Read the rest of our analysis via our StatsBee column on the NYCEDC blog.