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Old 06-12-2009, 05:51 AM
 
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SA did really well on this RD list. 50 Cleanest (Dirtiest) Cities in America | Your America | Reader's Digest The higher the number, the better.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I agree, based on your criteria, San Antonio is the better choice though I wonder why you did not mention Austin.

San Antonio has always been a heavily Hispanic city and I think it is now majority Hispanic. It is not as diverse as Dallas or Houston but it has its own flavor that is very different from either of the other two.

If air quality is a real concern for you I would not even consider Dallas or Houston; Houston has topped the list for worst air pollution more than once!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: spring tx
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SAN ANTONIO hands down. flooding does happen, but not like it does in houston, dallas is IMO flat and baron and the people suck lol. for outdoors, SA has the hill country just minutes to an hour away, the coast is less then 2 hours. SA is less expensive then the other choices as well. all in all SA IMO is just a better place to live.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:40 AM
 
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Originally Posted by tgannaway89 View Post
Here is the air quality rating you requested, by county:

Bexar (San Antonio) - F
Tarrant/Denton (Dallas) - F
Fort Bend (Sugar Land) - Not Available
Harris (Houston) - F

It doesn't look like any pass accoridng to:

Texas
The letter grades do not tell the whole story....

They break down the number of days into:

Orange: Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations
Red: Unhealthy
Purple: Very Unhealthy

Bexar County (San Antonio) had

Orange: 39 days
Red: 0 days
Purple: 0 days


Harris County (Houston) had

Orange: 104 days
Red: 30 days
Purple: 6 days


Tarrant County (Dallas) had

Orange: 79 days
Red: 7 days
Purple: 0 days

You can draw your own conclusions as to which has better air quality, but considering Houston almost as many Red days as San Antonio had Orange days I doubt you can say Houston.

Considering how close Fort Bend county is to Harris county I bet it's numbers are closer to Harris county than Bexar County. With the way that site assigns the letter grades I doubt anywhere with significant population density is above an F.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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Tarrant is Fort Worth, Dallas county is dallas.

I see however that the Tarrant county numbers you posted are actually Dallas County's numbers so you got the numbers correct just the name. Shockingly, Tarrant had much worse numbers than Dallas County.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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To break it down more:

11 percent of the time during the year, SA had the lowest form of unhealthy air.


22 percent of the time during the year, Dallas had the lowest form of unhealthy air.
2 percent of the time during the year, Dallas had unhealthy air.

28 percent of the time during the year, Houston has the lowest form of unhealthy air.
8 percent of the time during the year, Houston had unhealthy air.
2 percent of the time during the year, Houston had very unhealthy air.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Sugarland has the diversity. San Antionio "might" have better air quality, but nothing I have personally noticed & I've done outdoor activities in all cities mentioned.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have never gone outside in Dallas and said, "Oh, I am not going to hang today because of the air quality."

There are tons of lakes here, hiking trails, and even several state parks less than 2 hours away.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Sugarland has the diversity. San Antionio "might" have better air quality, but nothing I have personally noticed & I've done outdoor activities in all cities mentioned.

Mr. Football posted something on the Houston forum about the bad area quality in Sugarland. Chronicle: Smog Pooling in Fort Bend County

Anyway, we'll have an area quality warning today in Houston as well as a heat advisory.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:47 AM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Originally Posted by tgannaway89 View Post
Sugar Land is a great city that meets all the criteria you listed. It's only 20 miles from downtown Houston, but has great air quality. The city is one of the fastest growing in Texas and enjoys a high median income. The city is aesthetically pleasing and the parks are very nice. It is constantly ranked very high among best places to live. In fact CNN ranked it #3 in the nation in 2006! It does experience high rainfall threats from hurricanes that may hit the coast. I would consider it the most kid-friendly of your choices!


YouTube - Tour of Sugar Land, Texas
Wow, I don't think I saw a person on that video that was darker than "light pink". :rotfl: Sugar Land has a very diverse presence, but you'd never know it by that video. Yikes...
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