There’s nothing like the bond between man and man’s best friend, whether that be a dog or a cat.
That sentiment seems to be especially true in states like Kentucky, which had the ninth-highest rate of pet ownership in the country, at 64.1%.
Overall, Kentucky ranked just behind Oklahoma (65.0%) and ahead of North Dakota (63.7%), securing the state a spot in the top-10 nationally for pet ownership rates.
With April 11 being National Pet Day, Kentucky sports betting talk will have to wait. Which states love their pets the most? BetKentucky.com sought to find out.
Pet-Loving States Ranked
BetKentucky.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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Where Kentucky’s Pet Ownership Rates Rank Nationally
On a national level, Kentucky’s pet ownership rate is slightly behind the top five of Wyoming (71.8%), West Virginia (71.0%), Idaho and Vermont (70% apiece), and Indiana (69.2%).
The Bluegrass State does rank well ahead of most of its neighbors, with Ohio ranking 16th overall at 62.4%, while Tennessee (19th, 61.7%), and Missouri (12th, at 63.5%). The only bordering states ahead of Kentucky were West Virginia (2nd, 71%), Indiana (5th, 69.2%), and Arkansas (6th, 69%).
On a national level, the lowest pet ownership rates on a state-by-state basis were in Colorado (47.2%), Rhode Island (46.0%), California (40.1%), Alaska, and Hawaii (0% apiece).
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