Survey says!
Discover top ten dog and cat owning states

A survey conducted by the AVMA every five years reveals that the top 10 pet-owning states are: Wyoming where 72 percent of households owned a pet; West Virginia with 71 percent; Nebraska, Vermont, and Idaho with 70 percent; Indiana and Arkansas with 69 percent; and Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Colorado with 65 percent.

The 10 states with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are: Rhode Island where only 45 percent of households owned a pet; South Dakota with 46 percent; New Jersey with 47 percent; Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts with 49 percent; New York and Connecticut with 50 percent; Georgia with 51 percent; and New Hampshire with 52 percent.

While state-by-state data isn't available, more people than ever across the United States own specialty or exotic pets, such as fish, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles, snakes, lizards, poultry, livestock and amphibians.

Top Ten Dog-Owning States

The 10 states with the most dog-owning households are:

Idaho: (58%)
Montana: (52%)
Arkansas: (52%)
Mississippi: (51%)
West Virginia: (50%)
Indiana: (49%)
Oklahoma: (48%)
Colorado: (47%)
Nebraska: (47%)
Tennessee: (47%)

Top Cat-Owning States

Top 10 states with the most cat-owning households are:

Vermont: (45%)
Maine: (44%)
West Virginia: (38%)
Indiana: (38%)
New Hampshire: (36%)
Iowa: (36%)
Arkansas: (35%)
Idaho: (33%)
Wisconsin: (32%)
Kansas: (32%)

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