A dog is man’s best friend—everywhere but Minnesota, apparently. A study recently released by the American Veterinary Medical Association ranked pet ownership in Minnesota 42nd in the nation. Only 31.9 percent of Minnesotans own a dog, and 29.7 percent own a cat, although there are more cats than dogs in the state.
Reasons for the lack of furry friends? Urban populations tend to own fewer pets, as do more educated folks. Our harsh winters may also deter some from adopting a pooch.