Nov 15, 2022 - News

Philadelphia is crazy for cats (and dogs)

Share of households with cats in the biggest U.S. metro areas
Cap: Data: U.S. Census American Housing Survey; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Philly is fanatic about felines, but dogs still rule the city.

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

  • The metro area includes Philly, Camden, N.J., Wilmington, Del., and parts of Maryland.

The big picture: Philly leads all other metro 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, which is about 32% of the region’s households, per the census data.

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

Yes, but: 1.2 million households don’t have a single pet, per the data.

💭 Thought bubble: I'm a dog person but refuse to welcome a four-legged animal into my household until my kids are old enough to help take care of it.

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