Comparing Copenhagen to Houston


June 5, 2014 by Matt

Rice UniversityThe oft-mentioned Eric just sent me this interesting article – a study by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, comparing Copenhagen (where Eric, I and our better halves live) and Houston (where Eric and his better half moved here from).

HoustonApart from that coincidence though, it’s a fascinating study in itself, especially for anyone living in one of the two cities. It compares a diverse range of factors such as transport, attitudes to religion and job opportunities in two cities that do have some major similarities.

“Like Houston, the Copenhagen metropolitan area is a dynamic, growing region that serves as a cultural, economic and social hub” according to Michael Emerson, co-director of the survey team at the Kinder Institute. Read more background on this news article here.

Quoting from the article linked above, some of the key findings are:

  • Both Houston and Copenhagen residents rank traffic as the biggest issue in their respective cities.
  • Only 27 percent of Copenhagen residents felt that “religion is somewhat or very important in my life,” while 84 percent of Houstonians agreed with this statement.
  • Eighty-one percent of Copenhagen residents said “most people can be trusted,” whereas only 33 percent of Houstonians agreed with this statement.
  • Houstonians are more positive about local job opportunities than Copenhagen residents.

CopenhagenMostly, it makes for pleasing reading as a current Copenhagen inhabitant – not from any competitive nature to ‘be better’ than Houston, or anywhere else, but because the things this city scores highly on are all things I personally find important. Maybe that’s why it feels so much like home here.

Read the full report here.

2 thoughts on “Comparing Copenhagen to Houston

  1. stuart999 says:

    The main difference to me is the traffic when it is snowing in the two cities

  2. Matt says:

    A picture paints a thousand words…

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