Rankings, rankings, rankings
An Otis White
post alerted me to this report
by St. Louis comparing itself to 35 other cities over a huge range of statistics - over 80 in fact. If you want to fully see how Houston measures up, I recommend opening it and doing a search on "Houston." Here are my personal highlights of interest:
- 7th largest metro (although not far from passing Miami, recently passed DC)
- 6th fastest growing from 2000-2005 at 12%
- Diversity: highest percentage of Asians in the population outside of the coasts (7th overall, 5.7%)
- 3rd youngest median age, at 32.9
- In the top 3 nationally for children under 5 and children under 18 (percent). Can you say "family town"?
- #1 in the nation for family households at 70.7% (did I mention "family town"?)
- 7th fastest job growth, 2001-2004
- 4th fewest drug-related fatalities per 100K population
- 6th lowest incidence of cancer per 100K population (maybe the refineries and air pollution aren't as bad as we think?)
- 16th, percent of obese adults, right at the national average of 23%. So much for fattest city, eh?
- Top 3 for children and adults living in poverty. Not good, although not unexpected given our immigration and affordable housing/cost-of-living.
- 3rd lowest African-American poverty rate relative to whites
- Average (15th) employment dispersal outside of the core county, but Dallas and Austin are the top two in the nation for employment leaving the core.
- #2 for toxic chemicals and bad air days. OK, ignore what I said earlier - clearly a priority problem.
- Average commute time only 2.1 minutes longer than the national average
- 6th best change in traffic congestion, 1982-2003
- Believe it or not, better transit service than New York City (and the national average), according to the MOBILITY INDEX - Annual transit revenue hours of service per households without a vehicle, 2004.
- 3rd highest federal funding per capita (2004)
OK, those are the ones that jumped out at me, but, like I said, spend a while browsing
and you'll learn a whole lot more about how Houston and other cities stack up.