Apartment Living Renting With Pets

Top 50 Best Cities for Renting with Pets

Living with pets is such a common practice, that more and more families are adding these new members to their households, regardless of whether they are homeowners or renters. It is undoubtedly easy for homeowners to have as many, and pretty much any size, pets as they want. But how easy is it for a renter to find a pet-friendly home?

The good news is that apartment buildings are doing more to accommodate for the special occupants. We analyzed rental listings on RENTCafé to see how many rental properties are pet-friendly, how much the monthly pet rent is, and what additional charges are associated with pets, to determine the most pet-friendly cities for renters.

Here are the best cities for renting with pets, ranked!

A middle-class suburb of St. Louis, Florissant takes first place in our pet-friendly top. With a whopping 91% of the listed rental properties accepting pets, an average monthly rent of $21, and an average of $223 in additional one-time charges, Florissant is the best place for renters living with pets.

Atlanta takes second place in our top of pet loving cities, with a 72% share of pet-friendly properties, an average monthly rent of only $18, and $236 in one-time charges. Also, out of the pet-friendly properties in Atlanta, 34% are both cat and dog friendly.

In third-ranked Birmingham, AL, the average monthly pet rent comes in at $17, among the cheapest of the cities analyzed, while one-time costs average out at $179. The Southern city has a 72% share of rental properties that are accepting of pets, so renters have a nice selection to choose from.

Fourth place is occupied by Kansas City, with a share of 73% of rental properties being pet-friendly. The average rent per month is $21, while one-time costs average out at $205. In KC, rental properties allow an average of 3 pets per unit, great news if your life philosophy is “the more the merrier”.

72% of rental properties in Denver allow pets and the average monthly rent is $27, which puts the Mile-High City in fifth place on our list. The average cost for deposits and/or fees is an additional $225. What really scored points for Denver is the fact that the share of properties both cat and dog friendly is an impressive 70%.

In Philadelphia, the share of pet-friendly properties is of 75%, with only 40% of those being specifically cat and dog friendly. Average rent per month is very low, at only $13, while additional one-time costs can be expected to be about $233 on average, making Philly the sixth best choice for renters with pets.

Back to Missouri, the seventh city in our top is St. Louis, with an average rent of $25 and average one-time costs around $218. What really makes STL a great choice to live in for you and your furry friends is that 81% of rental properties allow pets and 60% are both cat and dog friendly.

Number eight on our list is Madison, WI, where 81% of the rental properties listed are pet-friendly, and 85% of those are cat and dog friendly. However, there is an average limit of one pet per unit. The average rent for the extra occupant is $23, while the one-time charge is $174.

Cincinnati has a share of 75% pet-friendly properties, of which 64% are cat and dog friendly. Average rent per pet is $32, while the one-time cost comes to $144 for each of the 2 pets that are accepted on average per unit.

With a population of around 2.7 million, Chicago is not just a friendly city, it’s also one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. Chi-town finishes our top 10 list with 76% of rental properties accepting pets. Average rent per month is $22 for each of the 2 pets that are accepted on average per unit, while the one-time costs are about $263.

Here is the full list of the top 50 best cities to live in with pets:

Unfortunately, pet-friendliness comes with some limitations. While there are restrictions that don’t allow pets onto properties at all, there are also other common limitations in pet-friendly buildings. Those restrictions range from the number of pets allowed in a given unit, to the breed, weight, and type of pet. There are also restrictions relating to the age of the pet, such as it being at least 6 months old, or health condition, which requires that the pet be vaccinated, declawed, and at times spayed or neutered. As can be seen below, the most common restriction, representing 31%, is on the type of pet you can have in your apartment, another 28% deal with breeds and 21% relate to the number of pets allowed in a unit.

Here are the most common restrictions that apply to pets in rental buildings:


  • This report was prepared by RENTCafe.com, a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.
  • The city ranking is based on RentCafé active listings. Only cities with more than 100 listings were included.
  • The ranking is based on the share of pet-friendly properties from the total number of properties listed (50% weight), the average monthly pet rent (25% weight), the average one-time costs, pet fee or pet security deposit (20% weight), and the number of pets allowed per unit (5% weight). Each of these criteria was given a score, thus creating the top 50 cities with the highest score for pet friendliness.

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About the author

Sanziana Bona

Sanziana Bona is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé, with a strong passion for the dynamic real estate market, covering topics from lifestyle to market trends. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University, a LL.M. in International Business Law, Contracting and International Relations from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía. You can connect with Sanziana via email.

Sanziana’s work has been featured in CNBC, CBS News, NBC New York, The Press Democrat, Wolf Street and The Registry San Francisco, among others. Prior to joining the RENTCafé team, she wrote extensive analysis papers on world topics such as human rights violations, international laws, and world conflicts, as well as arts literature, in both English and Spanish.

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