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Ellicott City, Wolf Trap rank as top pet-loving communities

Friday - 4/20/2012, 11:00am  ET

dog Barkley (WTOP/Mike Jakaitis)
Four in 10 families own at least one dog. (WTOP/Mike Jakaitis)

WASHINGTON - Own a pet? You may want to live in Ellicott City or Wolf Trap. The two are among the top 10 places in the nation for pet lovers.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated weather, population density and the availability of green space to come up with its top 10 list. It then interviewed pet experts.

Ellicott City, in Howard County, gets high marks for having almost 4 square miles of green space and an average high temperature in July of 85 degrees.

While you can't take dogs inside the performing arts center at Wolf Trap, they can trot around the park. U.S. News says off-leash parks nearby make Wolf Trap "one of the most pet-friendly in the country."

Here are the top communities for pets:

  • Ellicott City, Md.
  • Rocky Point, N.Y.
  • Auburn, Ala.
  • Butte, Mont.
  • Yankton, S.D.
  • Lewiston, Idaho
  • Glasgow, Ky.
  • Aiken, S.C.
  • Flower Mound, Texas
  • Wolf Trap, Va.

For more on why these communities rank so highly, check out U.S. News & World Report's slide show.

Interestingly, one of the communities known for its dog-friendly nature -- Alexandria -- did not show up on the list.

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