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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%
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:38 PM
 
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Do you people think Houston will surpass chicago has the third largest by 2010 or 2020?
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:42 PM
 
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I'm not sure what their populations are at present, but another factor to consider is metro area population. This has more effect on how big an entire urban area feels than just the population of the principal city. If you take that into account, the DFW areas is the biggest metro in Texas. In the sense of the entire urban agglomeration, Houston would still have to jump ahead to become the largest in its own state before it would overtake Chicago.

If you do look at only the cities proper, not entire metro areas, if Houston's population is now close to Chicago's, of course it's inevitable that Houston will become larger than Chicago before long. The big Sun Belt cities are growing. Most are growing at fast rates, while the old cities in the Northeast and Midwest are either losing population, remaining stable, or gaining population very slowly. You do the math. If these trends continue, some Sun Belt area will eventually overtake Chicago as the thrid largest metro. That will take longer than it will for the city of Houston proper (most likely Houston, since it's currently fourth in population) to move ahead of Chicago proper, but, if current population trends continue, it's inevitable that it will happen.
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:40 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Actually I read an article, I wish I could post it, about a year ago that said Sociologists DONT expect Houston to surpass Chicago within the next 50 years.

They say Chicago routinely goes through booms and losses in populations as people come in and out of the city andmove to the suburbs.

The Chicago metro area is twice the size as Houstons, and while not growing as fast, is rapidly expanding.

If Houston does exceed Chicago in population, it will only be city, and not metro wise.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:59 PM
 
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Actually I read an article, I wish I could post it, about a year ago that said Sociologists DONT expect Houston to surpass Chicago within the next 50 years.

They say Chicago routinely goes through booms and losses in populations as people come in and out of the city andmove to the suburbs.

The Chicago metro area is twice the size as Houstons, and while not growing as fast, is rapidly expanding.

If Houston does exceed Chicago in population, it will only be city, and not metro wise.
It's actually very possible, but I HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS. And the Chicagoland metro area is not twice the size of Houston's.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Delaware OH
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Houston still has a LOT of land it could annex. Chicago is landlocked, so any new development will have to involve tearing something else down. Houston developers have it easy. I think it's possible, but not by 2010. 2030, maybe.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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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.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:08 PM
 
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I don't think it would surprise me greatly.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:54 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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It's actually very possible, but I HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS. And the Chicagoland metro area is not twice the size of Houston's.
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.
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Houston may pass Chicago eventually but not in only 12 years. Houston is growing faster than Chicago, that's a fact but it's not growing at high enough rate that it will pass Chicago yet. Heck DFW is growing faster than Houston and already has a higher metro population (6.2 mil vs 5.6 mil). Houston should be concerned about catching DFW, not Chicago.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Houston should be concerned about catching DFW, not Chicago.
That is our number 1 priority. If we lose, I'm moving to Chicagoland and leaving Texas and DFW in the dust. Maybe I can bring some of the corrupt politics back to Texas and plant the Texas Democratic machine in Houston. Wait until Texas is the most liberal state in the nation. Forever Blue!
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