Where can you find maybe some of the most impressive trails and safe conditions for dog walking? At least 6 different cities in New York.

To mark National Walk Your Dog Day on February 22nd, LawnStarter ranked 2024’s Best Cities to Walk Your Dog.

We compared nearly 480 of the biggest U.S. cities based on 4 categories. We looked at access to dog-friendly trails and off-leash parks with paw-sitive ratings, dog walking services, and safety, among 17 total metrics."


How Did They Determine The Rankings?

First, LawnStarter determined the factors (metrics) that are most relevant to rank the Best Cities to Walk Your Dog. They looked at the weight of each factor based on its importance and grouped those factors into 4 categories: Access, Quality, Professional Walking, and Safety.

Who Were The Best And Worst Cities?

Western cities made the top of their ranking. Cities like Colorado Springs, Colorado (No. 1), San Francisco (No. 2), and Phoenix (No. 3) offer many paths for taking your dog on a stroll. You might have a "ruff" time walking the dogs in Kansas City, Kansas (No. 469), Montgomery, Alabama (No. 470), and Memphis, Tennessee (No. 475), though. These cities heeled at the tail end of their ranking with poorly rated trails and high rates of pedestrian fatalities.

So Where Does New York Rank?

New York actually made the list a total of 6 times:

Overall RankCityOverall ScoreAccess RankQuality RankProfessional Walking RankSafety Rank
77New Rochelle35.67430272947

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