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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 492 41.62%
No 690 58.38%
Voters: 1182. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-13-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Sure sunbelts attract old folks and people who cant take the cold. But how is it down there now?? 90-100s for highs, 80s for lows and steam room humidity. No thank you.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Sure sunbelts attract old folks and people who cant take the cold. But how is it down there now?? 90-100s for highs, 80s for lows and steam room humidity. No thank you.
old folks!?!?!?!
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:11 PM
 
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The question isn't: Do you want Houston to take 3rd?

Face reality - it's on it's way to happening whether you like it or not. Houston's numbers are really close to Chicago's, and the growth rate is significantly higher. It's only a matter of time...
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:42 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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The question isn't: Do you want Houston to take 3rd?

Face reality - it's on it's way to happening whether you like it or not. Houston's numbers are really close to Chicago's, and the growth rate is significantly higher. It's only a matter of time...
A year ago I would say definitely no, but now I'm in the grey zone. It may happen, it may not.

You never know what might happen to Houston, or Chicago. Houston's city limits are growing ever so fast. Didn't they just gain, like, 40,000 people last year? It's nuts.

But Chicago's Metropolitan area definitely will dominate Houston's. Houston's is growing at a faster rate, yes, but Chicago's is still growing at a rate (near 5.0% since 2000) that it will still be much bigger than Houston's.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Are they still adding onto the city limits in Houston? I suppose it could grow larger than Chicago if it just keeps increasing in size physically, which Chicago hasn't been able to do in almost 60 years.

It's already almost 3 times larger in physical size than Chicago. Houston might get bigger in 30-40 years, but Chicago will always be a much more urban and inposing city.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Houston is going great guns now but it will reach a glass ceiling before it is even close to Chicagoland's population. Chicago can grow up but Houston can not because it's lacking a transportation system and other infastructures that allow it to. It's also lacking the urban population base that prefers to ride mass transit - most people still own cars. I'm not saying that Houston can't reach the mark, but there's no way it will inside of 50 years.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:05 PM
 
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Houston is going great guns now but it will reach a glass ceiling before it is even close to Chicagoland's population. Chicago can grow up but Houston can not because it's lacking a transportation system and other infastructures that allow it to. It's also lacking the urban population base that prefers to ride mass transit - most people still own cars. I'm not saying that Houston can't reach the mark, but there's no way it will inside of 50 years.
It just broke ground on its new line.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Default Chicago/Houston 3rd largest race?

Chicago is a city of 227 square miles with some 2.9 million people.

Houston is a city of nearly 600 square miless and some 2.2 million people.

EVENTUALLY ... Houston may surpass Chicago in population, but it will be probably never have the population density that Chicago has today.

There are many cities in the US today that have far larger municipal boundaries than Chicago (LA is nearly twice the area of Chicago, but 1/2 the density). So nobody should be surprised if Chicago drops in ranking further ...

Chicago has done a remarkable job of maintaing population & vitality for a northern/rust belt city. It still is down from a historic population high of some 3.6 million in 1950's, but it hasn't lost 50% of its population like some other big cities in the region (Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland & to a lesser degree Philly).
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Does population even matter these days with southern towns being so huge area wise? It is a milestone that Houstonians should be proud of but just because you surpass chicago's population does not mean you surpass chicago's impact on the world (financially, culturally, etc.)
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Exactly. It all depends where you draw the MSA lines.

If you take an area the size of Houston's MSA and apply it to Chicago land you will have to include Milwaukee, Gary, Rockford, Madison, maybe even Quad Cities.

I've heard people say that Chicago land extends as far as Iowa. The way chicagoland is growing I'd say it may pass LA in terms of its megatropolis population. Chicagoland is growing, but LA is loosing population (unless you count the illegal mexicans )
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