Is Houston Uncaring?

Houston is near the bottom of new list of Most Caring Cities in America

Houston is near bottom of new list of Most Caring Cities in America

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Houston ranks No. 96 out of 100 in a new list of the Most Caring Cities in America. Houston Public Media

Although Houston is widely known as a charitable city, it's not very caring, according to a new study from WalletHub. The Bayou City ranks No. 96 out of the 100 most populated cities in the United States on the recently released list.

WalletHub included a number of factors in the rankings, broken down into three main categories: "Caring for the Community," "Caring for the Vulnerable and Homeless," and "Caring in the Workforce." Houston ranked No. 92, No. 94 and No. 78, respectively, in those categories.

Houston does best in the percentage of people who do favors for their neighbors (10th) and percentage of income donated to charity (25th). But it doesn't do so well in percentage of sheltered homeless persons (75th), child-poverty ratio (81st) and number of mental health counselors and therapists per capita (79th).

The most caring city in Texas? Plano, according to the study, which comes in at No. 25. The biggest cities in Texas all fell into the bottom 50 of the list, with Fort Worth at No. 68, Austin at No. 75, Dallas at No. 79, San Antonio at No. 83 and Houston.

The top five caring cities were spread around the country, with Boise, Idaho, at No. 1, followed by Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Anchorage, Alaska; and Chesapeake, Virginia.

Detroit was named the least caring city of them all. Other cites less caring than Houston in the study are Laredo, San Bernardino and Fresno.