Pet ownership sourcebook released

Pet ownership sourcebook released

THE American Veterinary Medical Assn. (AVMA) recently released its "U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook," revealing which states have the largest number of pet owners and which have the fewest.

AVMA conducts the survey every five years and always includes a breakdown of pet ownership by state.

The most recent survey, conducted in 2012 but based on Dec. 31, 2011, numbers, reveals that the top 10 pet-owning states were: Vermont (70.8% of households), New Mexico (67.6%), South Dakota (65.6%), Oregon (63.6%), Maine (62.9%), Washington (62.7%), Arkansas (62.4%), West Virginia (62.1%), Idaho (62.0%) and Wyoming (61.8%).

The 10 states in 2011 with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households were: Rhode Island (53.0%), Minnesota (53.0%), California (52.9%), Maryland (52.3%), Illinois (51.8%), Nebraska (51.3%), Utah (51.2%), New Jersey (50.7%), New York (50.6%) and Massachusetts (50.4%). Washington, D.C., had a far lower rate of pet ownership at 21.9% of households.

Dog-owning states. According to the sourcebook, the states with the most dog owners in 2011 were: Arkansas (47.9% of households), New Mexico (46.0%), Kentucky (45.9%), Missouri (45.9%), West Virginia (45.8%), Mississippi (45.2%), Alabama (44.1%), Tennessee (44.1%), Texas (44.0%) and Oklahoma (43.2%).

The bottom 10 states in 2011 for dog ownership were: Illinois (32.4%), New Jersey (32.4%), Minnesota (31.9%), Maryland (30.8%), New Hampshire (30.3%), Utah (29.4%), Rhode Island (29.3%), New York (29.0%), Connecticut (28.3%) and Massachusetts (23.6%). Only 13.1% of households in Washington, D.C., owned dogs.

Cat-owning states. The top 10 states with the most cat-owning households in 2011 were: Vermont (49.5%), Maine (46.4%), Oregon (40.2%), South Dakota (39.1%), Washington (39.0%), West Virginia (38.1%), Kentucky (36.8%), Idaho (34.6%), Indiana (34.4%) and New Hampshire (34.2%).

Conversely, the 10 states with the fewest cat-owning households in 2011 were: California (28.3%), South Carolina (27.8%), Rhode Island (27.6%), Alabama (27.4%), Florida (27.3%), Georgia (27.3%), Illinois (26.3%), Louisiana (25.9%), New Jersey (25.3%) and Utah (24.6%). Washington, D.C., had the lowest rate of cat ownership, at 11.6%.

The "U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook" offers a great deal of information on pet ownership, trends and veterinary care. It is available for purchase on the AVMA website at www.avma.org.

 

Volume:85 Issue:03

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