Philly loves dogs and cats


Cap: Data: US Census American Housing Survey; Graphic: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Philly is fanatical on felines, but dogs still dominate the city.

Driving the news: Nearly a third of all households in the Philly metro area have at least one dog, while 23% have at least one resident cat, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

  • The metropolitan area includes Philly, Camden, NJ, Wilmington, Del., and parts of Maryland.

The big picture: Philly leads all other metropolitan areas in our love of cats — and ranks eighth among the 15 largest metros for dogs.

By the numbers: An estimated 788,000 households have at least one dog, or about 32% of households in the region, according to census data.

  • And more than 568,000 households have at least one cat, about 23% of the region’s total.
  • More: 140,000 households have a fish and 67,000 have a reptile.

Yes, but: 1.2 million households do not have a single pet, according to the data.

💭Mike’s thought bubble: I love dogs, but I refuse to welcome a four-legged animal into my home until my children are old enough to take care of it.

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