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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 492 41.55%
No 692 58.45%
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Bos/Hou-ston
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You just sent me the link for Combined Statistical Areas (CSA) and I said CSA are better at measuring areas than cities--for example, why should Baltimore get credited with Washington DC's MSA? The Baltimore-Washington area is what is represented in CSA, I certainly won't say Baltimore has 8 million people.
Yeah, but you even ranked Houston's CSA wrong. That's why I'm wondering if you know what you're talking about.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Yeah, but you even ranked Houston's CSA wrong. That's why I'm wondering if you know what you're talking about.
I never ranked Houston's CSA....these are Urban Areas...

List of United States urban areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Bos/Hou-ston
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I never ranked Houston's CSA....these are Urban Areas...

List of United States urban areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ah, well obviously if its on based on density (especially those of suburbs) that's where Houston sits. However, if you average those rankings (CSA, MSA, city proper, UA) together, Houston sits roughly 7th. So it can be 10 in the UA book all you want it to be.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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The Houston area needs to move up to 4th before it could ever get to 3rd. Actually it has a few notches it needs to move up first....
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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It appears that Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex will surpass Chicago before Houston will according to many population projections I've been reading. Better shot than Houston and already closer!
I think we're tired of "Houston (and the rest of Texas) sucks. I'm going back to NYC!" DFW is sprawlsville like L.A. but without the culture and class.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Houston is the 10th largest city in my books. Urban area Houston: 3.82 million; Urban Chicago: 8.31 million. So regardless of whether Houston's city proper beats out Chicago's, Chicago is still significantly larger.
Houston has the fifth largest MSA (I'm sure it has passed Philly by now). And urban areas will be changing in 2010. Houston is going to jump high. You are looking at 2000 numbers.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Houston has the fifth largest MSA (I'm sure it has passed Philly by now). And urban areas will be changing in 2010. Houston is going to jump high. You are looking at 2000 numbers.
You're right, and that's fine with me...but my point still stands that Chicago is still significantly larger than Houston.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:29 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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but my point still stands that Chicago is still significantly larger than Houston.
It is. But I don't think that will last forever. I say Houston becomes bigger than Chicago. Maybe not by 2020 so I vote "no", but sometime before I turn 50.
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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It is. But I don't think that will last forever. I say Houston becomes bigger than Chicago. Maybe not by 2020 so I vote "no", but sometime before I turn 50.
Maybe the city, but the metropolitan area is growing at a rate that, if it surpasses Chicago's, it will take a LONG time to surpass.

The problem also is is that Chicago metro is growing at a fast rate too (nearly 5.0% since 2000), and that's nearly 500,000 people, so by 2010 we should have surpassed 10 million people, and that's just an estimate.

Not saying Houston will never do it, but it will be a while, if at all.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: USA
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Chicago Boom?

Olympic bid, most diverse economy, falling crime rate, gentrification, relatively low living costs...

I don't see Houston passing Chicago anytime soon.

The only way it will pass Chicago is if it builds "up" rapidly in a short amount of time.
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