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!
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.
While Dallas and Houston both sport warm weather, Dallas does not have the tropical storm threats Houston does.
13. Better air
Dallas has less air pollution than Houston, but not by much. The American Lung Association ranks Houston as having the seventh worst air quality in the United States; Dallas ranks number eight.
12. TV and movies
Say the name of the city and the television show Dallas comes to mind. While Houston does play host city for a few television shows and movies, Dallas was home for classics such as Walker: Texas Ranger and new shows like Prison Break.
Dallas is the hometown of the purple dinosaur in Barney & Friends. It was also the backdrop for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Any Given Sunday.
The influx of sports teams, television shows and movies brought plenty of star power to Dallas. Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Dennis Quaid came to Dallas with Any Given Sunday.
Celebrity Dallas-Fort Worth natives include Selena Gomez, Jessica Simpson, Luke and Owen Wilson, Usher, Kelly Clarkson and Kirk Franklin. Dennis Quaid was born in Houston but he ditched that town for Dallas.
The cost of living is lower in Dallas than in Houston. According to the website, Numbeo, consumer prices in Dallas are 10.82 percent lower than in Houston. Rent prices in Dallas are 18.8 percent lower than in Houston, for example, and groceries will cost 12.6 percent less in Dallas.
9. Rich people
Dallas is chock full of rich people – 22 of the richest Americans call Dallas home, according to Forbes, and only 12 of the richest people claim Houston as their home base. Buyout investor Harold Simmons, banker Andrew Beal, Koch Industries holder Elaine Marshall and oil tycoon Ray Lee Hunt top the list of Dallas richies with assets totaling between $5.6 and $10 billion each.