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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 473 41.35%
No 671 58.65%
Voters: 1144. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-13-2007, 12:58 PM
 
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Houston and Dallas nowadays have many transplants from Chicago, SF, LA, NY because those people want to take advantage of the strong job growth and affordable housing. Texas cities like Houston, Dallas, Austin & San Antonio are a big draw for newcomers these days.


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The reason Houston has passed Chicago as the sweatiest and fattest, (they left out butt-ugly), is because it's become overpopuated with people FROM Chicago and other parts of the midwest, just like Dallas has and unfortunately the rest of Texas if somebody doesn't put up a big ol fence on the Northern border instead of the Mexican border. No longer are you comparing Texans to Midwesterners...because they are all moving here. That is why Texas is now the most unfriendly state, the least romantic state, one of the fattest states, worst traffic, one of the top polluted states, highest crime states....you name it anything bad that Texas can be listed for is due to TRANSPLANTS!!!
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's kind of pointless to compare the populations of the two cities proper, as most of Chicago's collar suburbs have higher densities than much of Houston proper.
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Actually you know those fattest city rating actually have nothing to do with the actual people don't you? They are based on restaurants per square mile, number of fitness centers, parks (and the weather conditions that allow people to enjoy the outdoors), etc.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:15 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Back to the original question. Absolutely! Houston will eventually replace Chicago as the third largest city in the U.S.

Houston population according to 2000 Census 1,953,631
Houston population according to 2006 Census estimate 2,074,828

Gain of 121,197 residents

Chicago population according to 2000 Census 2,896,016
Chicago population according to 2006 Census estimate 2,749,283

Loss of 146,733 residents

The greater Washington, D.C. area will also eventually replace Chicago as the third largest metro economy in the U.S.

Source please on Washington D.C. I have never heard that claim before.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: In God
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They have already passed Chicago as the Sweatiest and fattiest.
( no offense, really there are studies on these things )
That's saying something because Chicagoans love to eat.

Fat sweaty folk aside there is more room to grow in Houston.
Actually, genius, as of 2007, neither Chicago or Houston are considered "fat cities." The famous title of the Fattest City in America was given to both cities by Men's Fitness magazine, who didn't even use relevant criteria to say where the most overweight people were located. Houston actually has a relatively low average BMI. I believe it's 25. Lower than the national average of 27. And last time I checked, Chicago's was 27. So is New York's.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:54 PM
 
Location: In God
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Houston developers have it easy.
This is not always a good thing. Houston's rapid growth combined with more than enough room to grow combined with the no-zoning regulations has caused developers to build less than impressive, often times cheap buildings within a quick amount of time. That has got to change.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:56 PM
 
Location: In God
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According to Wikipedia, which got it's source from the census bureau,

Chicago: 9.6 Million

Houston: 5.6 Million

Not exactly twice, but almost.
Yet, not twice...as I said.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:59 PM
 
Location: In God
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I have to assume your talking about the city proper. Houston would not be able to surpass Chicago without annexing more land.
Unless it create more density by tearing down existing homes and building new ones closer together.
As long as they leave the old southern homes alone, that's fine by me.
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Old 10-13-2007, 04:06 PM
 
Location: In God
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It's kind of pointless to compare the populations of the two cities proper, as most of Chicago's collar suburbs have higher densities than much of Houston proper.
Which ones, for example? None of the ones I found had a density higher than Houston.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Look at Cicero, Brookfield, Berwyn to name a few.
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