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Houston's best and worst neighborhoods for pets revealed: New analysis shakes up Bayou City's dog love

Houston's best and worst neighborhoods for pets revealed in new study

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Houston is No. 3 in the country when it comes to pet-friendly rentals.
HotPad map Houston pet-friendly rentals January 2015
HotPad's map of the Houston metro area showing percentages of pet-friendly rentals.
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HotPad map Houston pet-friendly rentals January 2015

Houston throws out the welcome mat — and the dog and cat beds — for renters with pets, especially in the Museum District.

The Bayou City metro-area ranks third in the country for the most pet-friendly rental listings, according to a new study from HotPads, a map-based rentals and real estate marketplace.

For its methodology, HotPads pulled rental listings from its rental network in apartment buildings from August 2013 to October 2014 and broke down the data by metro areas, dropping 25 percent of the listings from the oldest buildings to account for wear and tear and their likelihood of being listed as more pet-friendly.

Only listings with two bedrooms or less were used. HotPads then sorted the listings by different age groups and compared pet-friendly vs. not pet-friendly apartment listings.

Using the same information, HotPads also determined the most and the least pet-friendly areas within the Top 10 defined metro areas. Most friendly in Houston: The Museum District. Least: Chinatown and Sharpstown.

The two cities in the nation ranking higher in their animal devotion for renters are Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 1, the only other Texas metroplex in the findings, and Atlanta at No. 2.

Here's the complete list:

1. Dallas-Fort Worth

2. Atlanta

3. Houston

4. Washington, D.C

5. Philadelphia

6. Los Angeles

7. Boston

8. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

9. New York

10. Chicago