86points

Chicago

79points

Houston

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98 facts in comparison

Chicago vs Houston

Chicago
Houston

How does Chicago compare to Houston?

  • 0.81million more inhabitants
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    2.9 millionvs2.09 million
  • 191$ billion higher GDP (PPP)
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    532$ billion vs341$ billion
  • 4 years younger population
    ?

    33.1 yearsvs37.1 years
  • 2 more big sports facilities (stadiums, arenas, etc.)
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    5vs3
  • 11.3°C lower average minimum temperature
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    6.4°Cvs17.7°C
  • 10.9% higher population growth rate
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    13%vs2.1%
  • 17# ahead in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey
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    49#vs66#
  • 1 more billionaires from annual Forbes report residing within the city
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    13vs12

How does Houston compare to Chicago?

  • 11.4°C higher average maximum temperature
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    27.1°Cvs15.7°C
  • 11.4°C higher average temperature
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    22.4°Cvs11°C
  • 66.04% lower population density
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    1510 people/km²vs4447 people/km²
  • 65.00$ cheaper monthly public transport ticket
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    40.00$vs105.00$
  • 4.7% lower unemployment rate
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    5.6%vs10.3%
  • Has public health care
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  • 407.48$ cheaper rent for a one-bedroom apartment
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    1 434.58$vs1 842.06$
  • 1.25$ lower cost of one single transportation ticket
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    1.25$vs2.50$
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User reviews

Overall Rating

Chicago
8.1
9 User reviews
Chicago
8.1/10
9 User reviews
Houston
9.0
2 User reviews
Houston
9.0/10
2 User reviews

Features

Safety

4.6/10
9 votes
8.5/10
2 votes

Walkability

8.4/10
9 votes
6.0/10
2 votes

Job opportunities

7.9/10
9 votes
8.5/10
2 votes

Public transport

9.0/10
9 votes
8.0/10
2 votes

Food and drink

9.8/10
9 votes
10.0/10
2 votes

Comments

Fake

Fake

3 months ago

6 / 10

Chicago - charming city with declining population

Fake

Fake

3 months ago

6 / 10

The only reason why Chicago is still amazing to visit is because it has amazing architecture. However it also tends to have crazy politics making questionable decisions that ultimately end up hurting the residents by way of rising costs and declining safety. It is a charming city because of its proximity to the lake, but it has been heavily mismanaged financially which has bought into question education quality, funds for safety improvements, etc. A lot of it has to do with the mayor which has not really been up to par recently for the past years and has increased the division and violence that the city has experienced. In addition Chicago is a VERY expensive city. It has high property taxes and also sales taxes to add to the pain. It is an international city, this is true. However that only goes so far when statistically Chicago loses residents each and every year. The food scene is amazing and has a lot of mom and pop establishments that can ease any resident from having to go to big chain fast food or restaurant establishments. Regarding jobs there are many jobs if you want to count low paying ones as well. Many of the white collar jobs struggle to pay market level salaries that other smaller cities are currently dishing out. The competition amongst highly educated people lowers the salary range due to the simple economics of high demand of jobs by job seekers = lower supply of jobs from companies = less leverage for job seekers, more leverage for Chicago companies. Anyways I would have to say the harshness of the winters have lessened and are improving, but it does not mean winters are easier. It is still very cold and snowy come January - February for the most part. I notice a lot of people say Chicago residents are very friendly and kind. I would agree they are friendly and kind to people of their own circle, but not to anyone outside of their circle who is a stranger for the most part unless it is an employee being nice to a customer. It is hard to break into circles here since many here have known each other since childhood and Chicago's main supply of new residents comes from the young people coming from the Chicagoland suburbs looking for something cooler than northern Chicagoland near the Wisconsin border. My biggest Chicago pet peeves is the lack of parking spaces, crowded streets with parked cars, and speeding and red light cameras all over.

Pros

  • Highly diverse
  • Many mom and pop ethnic restaurants
  • Things to do IN chicago
  • Availability of many grocery stores
  • Availability of retail options
  • Cool summers

Cons

  • VERY HIGH CRIME - murders, car thefts, assaults on CTA
  • VERY HIGH TAXES - property, sales
  • Traffic cameras all over trying to ticket you
  • HIGH racial tension
  • Polemic and controversial politics
  • Shootings on the Dan Ryan Expressway
  • Lack of jobs paying at the level to match CHI cost of living
  • Harsh winters
  • Declining Population - Citywide and Statewide
  • FAR Away from any other fun cities
3 users found this helpful
Kayla

Kayla

6 months ago

10 / 10

Best city in the world

Kayla

Kayla

6 months ago

10 / 10

The gang crime is concentrated in very specific parts of Chicago. Those neighborhoods are in south and west Chicago. I have lived here for 10 years and I have moved many times and never come close to either of those neighborhoods. The lake provides sandy warm beaches in the summer. The food and restaurant scene is phenomenal. People are friendly because it's the midwest but not in your business- because it's still a big city.

2 users found this helpful
Shadow

Shadow

4 months ago

6 / 10

Great city very dangerous though

Shadow

Shadow

4 months ago

6 / 10

1 users found this helpful

Demographics

1.population

2.9 million

2.09 million

Populous cities or countries usually offer better employment opportunities because of their large economies. Big cities attract companies and business investment, and are usually important cultural centers and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
2.population density

4447 people/km²

1510 people/km²

Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities or countries with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, which can be a problem if the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The average population growth rate reflects the annual increase or decrease in population. Currently, the world’s population is growing at a rate of approximately 1.07% per year. The higher the growth, the more dynamic society feels. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
4.median age of population

33.1 years

37.1 years

Cities or countries with younger population have usually better development perspectives. Young societies are more dynamic and creative. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The percentage of female residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; UNData, 2022.
The percentage of male residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; UNData, 2022.
7.international population

21.7%

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

More people from abroad residing in the city provides a multicultural environment and may show how attractive it is for foreigners.
8.single population

68.8%

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Bigger single population indicates that living alone in the city is easier and more affordable. It's also usually connected with better night life and dating possibilities. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
The percentage of Facebook users among a whole city population indicates how familiar are city’s inhabitants with web 2.0 and shows how popular the social media are. Source: Socialbakers, 2022.

Quality of living

Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
2.has public health care
Chicago
Houston
Public health care is more affordable for an average citizen and usually guaranteed for everyone. Source: city's official website, 2022.
3.average salary

5 630.94$

5 574.50$

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
The average rent of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center. This indicates how much of your salary would be allocated to rent expenses, and the general cost of living of the city. Source: numbeo.com, 2022.
5.VAT

10%

8.25%

The standard value-added tax (VAT) rate. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The annual survey ranks 221 cities using 39 criteria. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transport. Source: Mercer, 2022.
7.number of universities

24

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Universities, as centers of higher education and research, are important contributions to a city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
8.gross domestic product (GDP)

532$ billion

341$ billion

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reflects the value and productivity of an economy. It measures the market value of all the final goods and services produced annually. To reflect the differences in the cost of living and inflation rates, we show the GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP). Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, 2022.
9.income inequalities

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Chicago)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.

Environment

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
2.humidity rate

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Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
3.level of air pollution (Air Quality Index)

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64

Low level of air pollution has a good influence on people’s health and quality of living. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
4.has a seaside beach
Chicago
Houston
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
5.has river/s
Chicago
Houston
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
6.has mountains nearby
Chicago
Houston
There are mountains at a distance of maximum 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city. Mountains are considered to have an elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft). Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
7.has lake/s
Chicago
Houston
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.

Leisure

With more large sports facilities (20,000+ seats), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source: worldstadiums.com, 2022.
2.number of museums

55

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
3.number of theaters

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Chicago)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
4.number of cinemas

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Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Source: UNESCO, 2022.
8.number of public Wi-Fi spots

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Chicago)

141

City with more public wireless spots provides easier and wider internet access. Source: city's official website, 2022.
It indicates that the city is an important religious center. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.

Transportation

Cost of the monthly public transport ticket indicates affordability of public transportation for an average inhabitant. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's public transport website, 2022.
A cheaper single ticket will allow you to move through the city for less money. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, it will help your economy. Source: Official city's public transport website, 2022.
3.average commuting time

33.2 minutes

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

Cities with shorter average commuting time have usually better organized public transportation system which allows citizens to waste less time in a traffic. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
4.has a bike-sharing system
Chicago
Houston
A bike-sharing system makes a city more eco-friendly, shows the city’s pro cycling attitude, and provides new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
5.total length of bike paths

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Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

More bike paths gives more opportunities for cyclist, makes a city more eco friendly and helps to reduce traffic jams. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The presence and number of airports shows how good is connection of city with different international destinations and its international accessibility. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
7.length of subway per 100,000 inhabitants

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The subway rate or number of kilometers of subway per number of inhabitants indicates how well developed the subway network is. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
8.Commuter Pain Index

25

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

The Commuter Pain Index is comprised of 10 issues: 1) commuting time, 2) time stuck in traffic, agreement that: 3) price of gas is already too high, 4) traffic has gotten worse, 5) start-­‐stop traffic is a problem, 6) driving causes stress, 7) driving causes anger, 8) traffic affects work, 9) traffic so bad driving stopped, and 10) decided not to make trip due to traffic. Source: IBM, 2022.
9.distance from capital

1 148km

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

A city located near to the country capital may provide more possibilities. Some people love to visit or live in a quiet city, but also want to enjoy the variety of entertainment options or job opportunities that a capital city may offer.

General info

1.total surface

606 km²

1 722 km²

It can be nice to live in big cities or countries, as a larger space may offer more options for residents and visitors.
2.year of foundation

1833 years

1837 years

A city founded a longer time ago has more history, which can give extra cultural richness for visitors and residents. Source: city's official stats, 2022.
3.number of tourists per year

46.3 million

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

More arrivals per year shows how important the city is viewed internationally, and may indicate better infrastructure, such as airports, public transport, hotels, etc. Tourism is usually a major source of income of a city. Source: World Tourism Organization, 2022.
4.is a capital city
Chicago
Houston
National capital status indicates that a city is of great importance for political and diplomatic matters. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
5.has a stock exchange
Chicago
Houston
Cities with stock exchanges are usually important financial centers influencing international or national’s financial markets. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
7.Global Cities Index

3.66

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Houston)

The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2022.
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2022.
9.number of international embassies

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Chicago)

0

The number of international embassies indicates the importance of a city for political, diplomatic and lobbying issues. Source: city's official website, 2022.

Miscellaneous

An indicator of how safe people feel walking alone in the city during the night, with 1 being very unsafe and 10 being very safe. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average cost of monthly basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage) for an 85m2 apartment. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average monthly price of internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL). Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how safe people feel walking alone in the city during the day, with 1 being very unsafe and 10 being very safe. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how worried people are about having things stolen from their car, with 1 being not worried and 10 being very worried. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how worried people are about having their home broken into, with 1 being not worried and 10 being very worried. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how drinkable the tap water is, with 1 being not drinkable and 10 being very drinkable. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average price of a Coke or Pepsi (0.33 l bottle). The average price is calculated for Coke or Pepsi sold in restaurants. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average price of a bottle of water (0.33 l). The average price is calculated for water sold in restaurants. Source: numbeo.com, 2022

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