New Jersey Ranked Among Least Pet-Loving States
National Pet Day is on April 11. Since 2006, pet owners have been using this day to celebrate their fluffy family members, while raising raise awareness to the many benefits of pet ownership. Proven perks include improved physical health, less stress, and an increase in social connection.
To honor National Pet Day, TopNJCasinos.com, your source for New Jersey sports betting, decided to dig into the research comparing pet ownership in New Jersey to the national average.
Basically, we’re wondering what state loves their pets the most. To find out, TopNJCasinos.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.
Most Pet-Loving States
* — Limited information available on Alaska and Hawaii.
|Rank||State||% of Pet Ownership|
| 2||West Virginia||71|
| 10||North Dakota||63.7|
| 18||South Carolina||62|
| 21||New Mexico||60|
| 25||North Carolina||59|
| 36||New Hampshire||52|
| 40||New York||50|
| 44||New Jersey||47.4|
| 46||South Dakota||46|
| 47||Rhode Island||45.4|
What Gives In The Garden State?
We don’t have info on Alaska or Hawaii, but within continental America, it’s Wyoming that ranks out number one with a 71.8% pet ownership rate.
Meanwhile, less than half of New Jerseyites are pet owners, putting the Garden State at 44th on the list. New Jersey also falls well below the national average in both dog and cat ownership. Across America, 45% of people own at least one dog. In New Jersey that number is only 29.1%. Likewise, 26% are cat owners nationwide, but in New Jersey only 18.9% of people share their space with a feline friend.
It’s difficult to speculate why pet ownership is so low in New Jersey compared to the rest of America, but one reason may be the state’s relatively high urban population.
Look at Wyoming, for instance.
According to the 2020 census, it is the state with the lowest percent of its population living in an urban area. It also happens to be number one on the list for pet ownership. On the other hand, over 95% of the population of California lives in an urban area, and they have the fewest pet owners by far.
But just because New Jersey ranks low doesn’t mean they love their pets any less. However, it does prove that there are lots of homes open for dogs and cats in need. If you’ve been considering adopting a fur baby of your own, what better opportunity to do so than National Pet Day?
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