Cities Journal

Top 15 Reasons Dallas Is Better Than Houston

15. Sports
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Texas is home to many rivalries but perhaps one of the biggest is Dallas versus Houston. A mere 240 miles separate these cities but their cultural, economic and social differences set Dallas and Houston a million miles apart. There are millions of reasons Dallas is better than Houston, so we have decided to compile a list of the top 15. Be sure to share your opinion with us in the comments below!

1. Sports

Five professional sports teams call Dallas home: The Dallas Cowboys football team; Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League; Dallas Mavericks basketball team; FC Dallas soccer and the Texas Rangers baseball team.

These athletes bring home the biggest prizes too, including Super Bowl, NBA, Stanley Cup and American Baseball League championships. Dallas also has NASCAR and Indy racing and is home to more than 200 golf courses. Houston only has 165 golf courses.

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  • Renge

    I wish Dallas had tropical storm threats more often, so I wouldn’t have to leave the house

  • Frank

    Wow what a piece of Garbage! talk about not doing your homework on any of your topics. I could not even get all the way through. What I hate most about Dallas is the shitty personalities that people have there.

  • lol funny

    1 Oklahoma riches buy sports team and put them close to
    their home

    2 are afraid of Mother Nature so they built the city

    3 because technically it’s two separated cities

    4 what are you talking about, you mean still live in the

    5 still living in the past

    6 because no one lives their

    7 you mean Oklahoma transplants

    8 aw cute empty shopping center

    9 Howard Hughes

    10 rodeos

    11 train exhibit?

    12 because no one lives there

    13 wtf

    14 lol funny

    15 once again state fair?

  • july13a

    No amount of money can convince me to live in Dallas, I would rather live in the “hoodest of hoods” place in Houston so do your homework again sir!

  • George Zheng

    beyonce was born in Houston!!!…..

  • Joe

    Houston is better than Dallas because:
    1. Houston is more diverse in ethnic and religious backgrounds.
    2. Houston is greener with more parks and forests.
    3. Houston has access to beaches.
    4. Houston has access to vacation cruiselineships.
    5. Houston is less hotter in summers (though more humid).
    6, Houston is far less cold in winters.
    7. Houston has more of international community.
    8. Houston has a port (busiest in the US).
    9. Houston has many countries consulates.
    10. Houston has more restaurants and better variety of foods.
    11. Houston has better museums.
    12. Houston has a much better arts and entertainment scene.
    13. Houston has better schools such as Rice University, etc.
    14. Houston has a much better Medical Center (hospitals, research, medical schools, etc).
    15. Houston is closer to San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and New Orleans.
    16. Houston economy is strong and diverse, with more company headquarters.
    17. Houston is the energy capital of the world.
    18. NASA is in Houston.
    19. Houston has better gardening options with very rare near freezing temps.

  • Joe Bloh

    Dallas has a BIGGER, LONGER and more Beautiful SKYLINE.

    Dallas has a Walking Bridge leading into Downtown.

    Dallas’ Uptown is Better

    Dallas has the Tx State Fair

    Dallas has BIG TEX

    Dallas the COWBOYS

    Dallas has more and better Freeways

    Dallas is a Hop Skip away from SixFlags Amusement park

    Dallas is surrounded by 11 Beautiful, Growing Cities
    and is linked with Fort Worth (a REAL Texas-feel city)

    Dallas has better shopping.

    Dallas’ Downtown is LIVELIER and more people are moving into Downtown

    Dallas has Klyde Warren Park (5 star restaurant & Park, above the freeway that divides
    Uptown & Downtown)

    Dallas has LIghtRail (the biggest in the Nation)

    Dallas has a Trolley, and it’s Expanding its routes.

    Dallas people are not on internet everywhere (Yelp, CityData, etc… trash-talking Houston,
    Unlike Houston people and their Hate for Dallas) :)

    Dallas is the #1 Visitors and Tourist destination in Texas.

    Everything else: Food, Diversity in people, Museums & Arts, etc… are
    debatable with Houston.

    Houston has more hospitals because Oil gives people CANCER. LOL !

    Come check-out DALLAS.
    Don’t buy-into all the negative Yelp and CityData garbage.
    It’s only Houstoners bashing on DALLAS with their Jealousy and Hate. 😀

    Howdy Y’all !

  • Matt Molkentin

    I lived in both Dallas and Houston… If I ever live in one of those cities again, I would definitely choose Houston… Personally, I found it to be a much better place to live overall!

  • Polly

    Ok You’all, were trying to figure out where to move….Suburb of Dallas area or Spring Benders Landing a suburb of Houston. Wayyyyyy confused and get different opinions from everyone. I’m from California 30 miles north of LA a very nice suburb area (Santa .Clarita Valley) we want to move due to all the gulping on taxes and getting way too liberal. I’m a very down to earth person and love everyone, very easy to get along with. I don’t understand why Houston hates Dallas and Dallas hates Houston and can only hope that I don’t get profiled because I’m from California.
    I am scared of the humidity and of course those nasty mosquitos and can only hope to adapt, but this is a huge decision for us and very scary. We’re in our mid fiftys but have a young mentality and don’t want to be around snooty people.
    I’ve heard the food is better in Houston, but do like the cleanliness of Dallas. We took a 12 day trip to both N and S and just need some more info from people and not agents. I do have 3 little dogs and I know they’ll be scared of thunder and lightening and of course the wind, but this is all for survival. If we stay in California my hubby will work till he’s 80😳😁 Moving to Texas, we can enjoy some life!!!
    please HELP!!

    • Michael Brown

      I don’t see why you are bashing California just because it has a higher cost of living. Higher cost of living means higher wages to pay for said cost of living. If you move to Texas, you will earn less money because cost of living is lower. You don’t keep the same pay just because you move. I have lived in numerous places around the country from coast to coast and across the ocean and have seen that the whole “we get taxed too much” or other similar arguments from people wanting to move which are all flat out silly. Taxes are necessary and make the overall area better with adequate public services and maintenance. Average pay in TX is incredibly low so it isn’t like you will be living like some king by going there unless you have supplemental income on top of what you earn through work. If anything, living in a place with a higher cost of living enables a better overall life because that additional income allows you to save some to take vacations. A lower income due to lower cost of living doesn’t allow as much room to save so it would take you longer to save that same amount.

  • Sarah

    Dallas is better. Better sport teams venues. More clean. Better dressed people. Better shopping. Better traffic. Less crime!!

  • Sarah

    Read the article it tells you. Dallas is better.

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