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Old 11-13-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Default Houston has the most commuters apparently...at least in the state of Texas...

What daytime population Census numbers say about Houston | Opportunity Urbanist | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Interesting article. I'd always thought that most Fort Worth residence commuted to Dallas to work so I figured that'd be the largest commute in the state but I guess I was wrong...
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Just as the article cites, it has a lot to do with annexation and infrastructure. Of course he doesn't say that Houston has bad traffic too. There are plenty of people who commute from Fort Worth to Dallas, but Fort Worth has it's own thing going on too. LA is pretty much a lost cause, because I can't even imagine how much worse their traffic would be if more of their jobs were in the core.

The difference with other cities like Boston and San Francisco is that the commute to a very small, dense area is more often a longer trip that fewer take, and trips to cities like Houston and Dallas (large, spread out areas) are more often a short trip that many take. Having a car at your disposal does that.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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What daytime population Census numbers say about Houston | Opportunity Urbanist | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Interesting article. I'd always thought that most Fort Worth residence commuted to Dallas to work so I figured that'd be the largest commute in the state but I guess I was wrong...
That article said 403,000 new people daily. Are you serious? That's 147,095,000 "new" people a year.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It makes sense there are more commuters in Houston since it is the largest city in Texas. The Chronicle really needs to actually report news, not state the obvious.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: ATX-HOU
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It makes sense there are more commuters in Houston since it is the largest city in Texas. The Chronicle really needs to actually report news, not state the obvious.
It sounds like you didn't even read the article, but just felt like taking a jab at the Chronicle.

If you did read the article then you would have learned that Houston has the 3rd largest influx of commuters in the country, behind DC and NYC.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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It makes sense there are more commuters in Houston since it is the largest city in Texas. The Chronicle really needs to actually report news, not state the obvious.

It is for metro's not cities. Dallas Fort Worth has more than half a million more people than us, so you would think they would have a larger commuter number.

It also edged out places with much larger csa's such as LA, Chicago, Boston and the Bay area
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Not surprising.
Houston ranks what, 2nd or 3rd in number of Fortune 500 companies? And almost every one of them are in Houston, not suburb cities (DFW can't say the same.) Then, there's the Texas Medical Center, which is the city's single largest employer.

Wish there were more decent, family-friendly housing options in town though... the lower-west, southwest side, and northern Spring Branch area would have been naturals for this except that they were ruined by the over-building of apartments. Now there are very few options for family homes with good public schools on the west side outside of Memorial/EC until you go out to Sugar Land or South Katy.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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That article said 403,000 new people daily. Are you serious? That's 147,095,000 "new" people a year.
Just commuters daily. Not people moving there. Numbers go back down in the evening as people go back to the suburbs.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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I know that's not new residents. I understood that part. The article said 403,000 NEW commuters daily. Like I said, that's 147,095,000 new commuters a year according to the article's statistics.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I know that's not new residents. I understood that part. The article said 403,000 NEW commuters daily. Like I said, that's 147,095,000 new commuters a year according to the article's statistics.
It could've been worded better, but it's obvious that it doesn't mean that we receive 403,000 new employees every day. Don't misinterpret the information. It just means that in addition to the Houstonians who live there, and work there, 403,000 new commuters from outside of Houston travel to Houston. (At least thats how I took it?)
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