Colorado Among Least Pet-Loving States In U.S.

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Colorado is known for a great many things, from the state’s bountiful breweries to its pristine ski slopes and hiking trails.

The one thing the Centennial State is not known for, however, is its connection with man’s best friend.

Colorado residents have some of the lowest pet ownership rates in the country, ranking 45th nationally at 47.2%.

April 11 is National Pet Day, a day for people everywhere to love on their fur babies a little extra. But which states love their pets the most? BetColorado.com, your spot for the best coverage of Colorado sports betting issues, sought to find out.

BetColorado.com used data from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook to calculate which states had the highest percentage of pet ownership.

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Pet-Loving States

RankState% of Pet Ownership
1Wyoming71.8
2West Virginia71
3Idaho70
4Vermont70
5Indiana69.2
6Arkansas69
7Mississippi65.5
8Oklahoma65
9Kentucky64.1
10North Dakota63.7
11Maine63.5
12Missouri63.5
13Washington63
14Kansas62.8
15Michigan62.4
16Ohio62.4
17Montana62
18South Carolina62
19Tennessee61.7
20Pennsylvania60.6
21New Mexico60
22Alabama59.8
23Oregon59.2
24Iowa59
25North Carolina59
26Wisconsin59
27Utah58.5
28Texas58.2
29Arizona58
30Delaware57.9
31Florida56
32Virginia55.5
33Louisiana54
34Minnesota54
35Nevada53
36New Hampshire52
37Nebraska51.3
38Georgia51
39Connecticut50
40New York50
41Massachusetts49
42Illinois48.6
43Maryland48.6
44New Jersey47.4
45Colorado47.2
46South Dakota46
47Rhode Island45.4
48California40.1
49*Alaska0
50*Hawaii0
* — Limited information available on Alaska and Hawaii.

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Where Colorado Pet Ownership Stacks Up Nationally

Colorado has the fourth-lowest pet ownership rate west of the Mississippi. The state has the lowest dog ownership rate of any state that reported such data at 27.1%, coming in behind Illinois (32.4%), Maryland (30.2%) and New Jersey (29.1%).

Colorado ranks well behind its neighbors, such as Wyoming (1st, 71.8%), Oklahoma (8th, 65.0%), Kansas (14th, 62.8%), New Mexico (21st, 60%), Utah (27th, 58.5%), Arizona (29th, 58.0%) and Nebraska (37th, 51.3%).

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Author

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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