hume85 wrote:Why is no one bringing up crime and the likelihood of disasters (man made and natural)? Is it because none of you take these factors as seriously as weather, transportation, and culture? Is it that the two cities are a wash in these regards? Or something else entirely?
They're both in areas that aren't susceptible to natural disaster (hurricanes, etc).
Though much has been made of Chicago's murder rate, it was slightly lower per-capita than DC's last year. In terms of overall violent crime, both cities are around the middle of the pack, between Seattle/Portland at one end and Baltimore/Detroit on the other. Chicago's overall violent crime rate is a little lower than DC's, comparable to Houston.