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Houston in the Top Ten List for Sprawling Cities

Houston is one of the best places to live in America because of its booming job market. Above average salaries and countless opportunities are the two main things that are attracting so many people to this area. The economy has improved and will continue to do so in the time to come.

Despite the positive outlook, Houston does have its own share of problems. According to a survey, 29% people believe that Houston’s biggest problem is its traffic.  In just the past four months, it has increased by as much as 21%, which is huge.

A recent report put Houston in the top ten list for sprawling cities. This is a notable achievement, but the residents do face some issues. The same survey noted that 49% respondents believe public transport should be improved and another 47% claimed that highways should be broadened.

One of the team members which conducted the survey told the press that Houston is one of the least dense, most sprawling and most automobile dependant regions in the country. Come 2030, the population of the region will have increased significantly. Real estate professionals should focus on this now and come up with ways to accommodate this huge, massive growth of residents.

The survey also observed that 69% people claim that better planning must be carried out to develop the city. All these people also agreed that business and people should not be allowed to construct any place they want. In contrast to this, 28% people said that businesses and people must have freedom in this regard.

The residents do have some issues with real estate development, the manner in which the land is being utilized and the traffic. As for the quality of life, they are quite satisfied with it. Despite its problems, over 77% people did say that Houston is a good or an excellent place to live.

As for the economy, 20% people regard it to be a problem. In surveys which were conducted in the past, this value was higher but it is declining now. Last year, it was 26% and in 2009, it was around 44%. The survey comprised of over 1,300 respondents all of which are based in Houston.

Source: www.bizjournals.com

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