No Pets? You're Not Alone in Minnesota

Updated: 01/16/2013 1:45 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Fewer Minnesotans own pets compared to residents in most other states.

Minnesota ranked 42nd for pet ownership - with 53 percent of households owning a pet, according to new findings from the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.

The American Veterinary Medical Association conducts the national survey every five years to research pets and their owners. The survey, which counted pet owners in 2011, also helps reveal if owners are taking their pets regularly to the vet, according to the association.

Minnesota scored in the bottom 10 for pet ownership. Other states that scored low included Rhode Island, California, Maryland, Illinois and Nebraska. The District of Columbia had the lowest score at nearly 22 percent of residents owning pets.

The states that ranked highest for pet ownership were Vermont, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Maine and Washington.

Minnesota also ranked in the bottom 10 for dog ownership, with about 32 percent owning dogs.

The survey also reveals fun facts about pet owners. For instance, 63 percent of pet owners nationwide considered their pets to be part of the family. And pet owners spent on average $375 per household for veterinary visits for all of their pets.

A complete list of the survey results can be found here.