Top 10 Cat & Dog Loving States

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Cats come out on top – Cats more popular than dogs per recent study.

Which is more popular – dogs or cats? Recent news sheds light (not fur) on how cats and dogs rank throughout the world. In the U.S., more households have dogs by a slight margin reported the Washington Post. However, cats come out on top – they outnumber dogs in the U.S. by approximately 2 million estimated by Euromonitor, a market research and surveys company.

Below is a list of the top dog and cat states. Although, most U.S states are pretty even in the cat vs dog ratio, Euromonitor’s data shows that some countries are not as balanced – South America and Asia highly favor dogs. Whereas, cats are the overwhelming choice in most of Western Europe. Some other odd and interesting trends noted are: Brazil has the largest small dog population per capita than any other country and that highly developed countries (for some unknown reason) tend to be more balanced in the dog to cat ratio.

Top 10 dog-loving states

Rank State Cats Dogs Ratio, dogs to cats
1 Arkansas 810,000 1,097,000 1.35
2 New Mexico 533,000 703,000 1.32
3 Texas 5,565,000 7,163,000 1.29
4 Oklahoma 1,041,000 1,327,000 1.27
5 Louisiana 877,000 1,115,000 1.27
6 Mississippi 668,000 846,000 1.27
7 Arizona 1,438,000 1,798,000 1.25
8 Tennessee 1,749,000 2,157,000 1.23
9 Missouri 1,653,000 1,978,000 1.20
10 Georgia 2,162,000 2,479,000 1.15

Top 10 cat-loving states

Rank State Cats Dogs Ratio, cats to dogs
1 Massachusetts 1,593,000 850,000 1.87
2 Maryland 1,677,000 915,000 1.83
3 Maine 498,000 300,000 1.66
4 Vermont 234,000 142,000 1.65
5 Connecticut 796,000 507,000 1.57
6 District of Columbia 63,000 42,000 1.50
7 New Hampshire 309,000 212,000 1.46
8 Pennsylvania 3,544,000 2,485,000 1.43
9 New York 4,261,000 3,054,000 1.40
10 Ohio 3,786,000 2,730,000 1.39

 

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At the state level in the U.S., cats outnumber dogs in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Dogs are the favorite in the South and Southwest. (CREDIT: Euromonitor.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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