Few things bond together Americans like our shared love for our four-legged friends, whether they be cats, dogs, or some other type of animal entirely.
That bond seems especially strong in places like Mississippi, which ranks in the top 10 nationally when it comes to the state’s pet ownership rate.
Overall, 65.5% of Magnolia State residents have at least one pet, which ranks seventh nationally, just behind Arkansas (69%).
It seems like Mississippians are more loyal to dogs than cats, with 51% having canines at home, versus 29.1% that have felines.
With April 11 being National Pet Day, a day for people everywhere to love on their fur babies a little extra. As we briefly "paws" from our Mississippi sports betting updates, we dive into which states love their pets the most.
Who Are the Top Pet-Loving States?
BetMississippi.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.
Where Mississippi’s Pet Ownership Rates Rank Nationally
The Magnolia State finds itself among elite company when it comes to pet ownership, ranking just behind the top five of Wyoming (71.8%), West Virginia (71.0%), Idaho and Vermont (70% apiece) and Indiana (69.2%).
Mississippi also ranks ahead of its neighbors, with Tennessee ranked 19th at 61.7%, while Alabama sits in 22nd at 59.8% and Louisiana ranks 33rd (54%). Arkansas is the only other state bordering Mississippi that ranks ahead of them, at 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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