Why Houston is better than Chicago

There’s a debate going on at my big sisters page. This has been going on for a long time. She lives in Chicago and HATES it. Hates it so much she started a wonderful little section on her blog about why Chicago sucks. There is a wonderful little man named Frank on her blog that for some strange reason loves Chicago. He seems to think Chicago is better than Houston and I’m here to tell him why he’s wrong.
 
Gasoline – This morning I filled up my car for $3.19 a gallon. According to this website http://www.chicagogasprices.com/ the cheapest gas in Chicago is $3.85.
 
Crime – Now we in Houston have our fair share of crime just like Chicago. The major difference in the types of crime. Here is a wonderful little comparison chart of the crime statistics in Houston and Chicago. It would appear that, with the exception of murders (a whopping difference of 1.8 per 100k), current data from www.city-data.com suggests that Chicago actually leads Houston in violent crime, and Houston leads Chicago in crimes related to money. However, before Katrina, that was quite the contrary. Incidentally, New Orleans’ crime has gone down since Katrina which would suggest that at least a portion of the criminal element that came to Houston during Katrina, stayed in Houston afterward. Eventually, it will get back to the average which is about 5 below what it is now, and about 7 less than Chicago’s average.
 
 

Chicago Crime VS. Houston Crime

Crime in Chicago by Year

Type

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Murders

641

627

665

648

598

448

446

467

per 100,000

22.9

21.7

23.0

22.4

20.7

15.6

15.6

16.4

Rapes

2,469

2,237

1,976

1,963

1,799

1,757

1,618

1,524

per 100,000

88.2

77.2

68.2

67.8

62.3

61.2

56.5

53.6

Robberies

20,210

19,449

18,473

18,532

17,302

15,965

15,961

15,860

per 100,000

722.0

671.6

637.9

639.9

599.5

556.4

557.6

558.0

Assaults

28,027

26,660

25,571

24,842

19,784

18,820

17,934

17,441

per 100,000

1001.3

920.6

883.0

857.8

685.5

656.0

626.6

613.6

Burglaries

30,122

28,401

26,026

25,552

25,064

24,542

25,298

24,125

per 100,000

1076.2

980.7

898.7

882.3

868.4

855.4

883.9

848.7

Thefts

112,454

105,728

98,544

96,380

96,779

94,651

83,235

83,518

per 100,000

4017.6

3650.8

3402.7

3328.0

3353.1

3299.0

2908.0

2938.2

Auto thefts

36,075

35,570

27,571

25,245

22,779

22,788

22,491

21,823

per 100,000

1288.8

1228.2

952.0

871.7

789.2

794.3

785.8

767.7

Arson

1,267

1,106

1,006

1,022

947

772

683

716

per 100,000

45.3

38.2

34.7

35.3

32.8

26.9

23.9

25.2

City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 323.2)

872.4

803.6

743.6

727.1

666.3

633.7

610.0

604.2

Crime in Houston by Year

Type

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Murders

241

230

267

256

278

272

334

377

per 100,000

13.3

12.0

13.4

12.5

13.6

13.3

16.3

18.2

Rapes

748

813

945

892

768

908

872

854

per 100,000

41.3

42.3

47.3

43.7

37.6

44.4

42.6

41.2

Robberies

8,350

8,256

9,921

11,212

10,985

10,182

11,128

11,371

per 100,000

460.7

429.9

496.6

549.5

538.2

498.3

544.0

548.3

Assaults

12,178

12,192

12,286

12,598

11,957

12,065

11,653

11,648

per 100,000

672.0

634.9

614.9

617.4

585.8

590.4

569.6

561.7

Burglaries

24,744

23,254

25,108

26,905

26,522

27,110

27,541

26,869

per 100,000

1365.4

1210.9

1256.7

1318.5

1299.4

1326.7

1346.3

1295.7

Thefts

66,068

67,102

69,371

73,445

72,032

74,752

72,476

73,091

per 100,000

3645.6

3494.3

3472.1

3599.2

3529.1

3658.1

3542.8

3524.6

Auto thefts

19,445

19,864

24,089

23,939

21,451

21,563

20,408

21,093

per 100,000

1073.0

1034.4

1205.7

1173.1

1051.0

1055.2

997.6

1017.2

Arson

1,735

1,642

1,758

1,696

1,553

1,255

1,262

1,121

per 100,000

95.7

85.5

88.0

83.1

76.1

61.4

61.7

54.1

City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 323.2)

659.5

621.1

659.8

678.5

652.2

653.3

659.6

659.2

 
Now this is what Forbes has to say about Houston.
 
Houston becoming a top tech city, says Forbes
Houston came in at No. 4 behind Columbus, Ohio; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Palm Beach County, Fla. http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2008/03/10/daily22.html
 
Forbes: Houston best place to buy a home
HOUSTON — Forbes Magazine says Houston is tops on the home buying list.

Forbes looked at 40 of the country’s metropolitan areas to come up with the data.
 
This is more information I got from citydata.com and it’s the statistics for unemployment in September 2007:
 
Houston:
Unemployment in September 2007:
:Houston 4.3%
Texas: 4.4%
 
Chicago:
Unemployment in September 2007:
Chicago: 5.7%
Illinois: 4.8%
 
 
I could go on and on and on. But what I want to talk about next is the real reason I love this state and city. The people here are nice, strangers talk to each other and the words are nice, not nasty. If you get a flat people pull over and help you change it without wanting anything in return, they don’t yell at you for making them late as they drive around you. The people and the much lower cost of living are wonderful.
 
I know Houston has it’s problems, the heat and humidity, the man sized flying bugs and it’s probably one of the worst cities to live in if you have really bad allergies. Not to mention the traffic sucks. All and all though the good far outweighs the bad. I’ve been all over the country and there’s no place like home. Where having a stranger wave at you just because is no big deal because we’re all friendly like that. Also, and this is minor, our state slogan was voted the best in the country. Where does Chicago’s rate? I don’t know and don’t care. All I know is, don’t mess with Texas.
So that’s where I’m leaving off, with the people. It’s the thing people who visit here remember most.
 
 
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