• 04.23.09

Fast Cities: Cat Lady Edition


Every year we publish our Fast Cities package devoted to the most creative cities. Sadly, this year we weren’t able to answer one pressing question: Which places are best for cats? Well you’re in luck. CATalyst Council–a non-profit coalition that represents veterinaries and animal shelters, among others–just did such a study and has released a list of the 10 best cities for cats: Tampa, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta,
and Minneapolis.


The CATalyst Council’s ratings combined several factors, including cat ownership rates, vet quality, microchipping and “cat-friendly” city ordinances. Surely, these would also be the places where cat ladies dwell. Not even close! According to the U.S. Census, these cities have an overwhelming surplus of never-married men, versus never-married women:

cat graph

Initially, we were bummed that the cat-lady cliche was not proven by the data from the U.S. Census as the CATalyst Council. But then we realized: There’s a dating strategy here, for any cat lady or cat-lady-in-the-making. If you find yourself meeting more cats than men, you should move to any one of the cities above. Not only do they suit cats, but they’ve got a huge population of unmarried men, just waiting for a good woman. And a few extra kitties are fine.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.