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Why Is Dallas So Boring, Windy, Hot, and Cheap? Our City According to Google Autocomplete

Inspired by another blogger’s mapping of the United States based on what Google autocomplete suggests when you type “why is _____ so” in the search box, a guy in Atlanta recently compiled the same information for the top 50 U.S. cities by metro area population. (H/T The Atlantic.) The idea is that, since Google presumably draws these suggestions from the most common searches by others, it gives us a sense of the most commonly held stereotypes about these places.

(Though, since so many end up associated with the words “boring” or “humid” or “hot,” it may actually confirm some of our stereotypes of those who conduct such Google searches: slackers who hate going outside?)

Anyway, here’s what he found for Dallas:

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He writes, “Windy? Otherwise, dead-on.” I’m guessing that the perceived windiness may be a result of that run of extra-windy days we seemed to have earlier this year. I’ve already addressed “boring,” though I’m sure you’ve heard it said that while Dallas is a great place to live, you wouldn’t want to visit here, so that might factor in as well. We can’t dispute the “hot” or the “cheap.”

But that’s just Google. What’s “decision engine” Bing think of us?

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Hey, that’s better. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau should make Bing the city’s official search engine. (Or maybe they already have?) It’s certainly nice to be both “great” and “popular.” Our long-suffering friends down in Houston would scoff at the idea that we’ve got any humidity here.

Now let’s see what Yahoo! has to say:

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So we’ve seen most of this show before, except now we’re “important.” At first I thought “upset at the hospital” signified that all the recent trouble at Parkland had made a world-wide-web impact, but then I read that last suggestion and I realized those searches are about S.E. Hinton’s book, or possibly Matt Dillon’s performance as Dallas in the film adaptation.

I ran other searches on area locations and institutions to see what would turn up. Here are some of the more notable results:

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Funky town?



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Looks like TCU is winning the battle of the private school reputations.

 

 

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Southwest continues to be better regarded than American, but they’re getting to be more alike.

 

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Surprisingly, “why is Exxon so much richer than God” didn’t show up.

 

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All good questions.

 

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Guess the team maybe needs a new webmaster.

10 comments on “Why Is Dallas So Boring, Windy, Hot, and Cheap? Our City According to Google Autocomplete

  1. Sorry, that should have been in the form of a statement.. “D Magazine is… ”

  2. I think google is absolutely right! I lived in Dallas for two years and I do believe is Boring, Windy, Hot and Cheap. Especially Hot and Boring… It is pretty windy, tell me about those bursts of hot air in the summer. You feel like the devil itself is coming up from hell to get you.
    It has good shopping and restaurant variety, if you are into that!

  3. Yep, Dallas is windier than Chicago. Oklahoma City is actually the windiest of all, which ‘splains why Big D is up there, too. An American Airlines pilot I know loves to fly into DFW from Chicago because he can basically begin a long, slow descent somewhere between Missouri and Oklahoma!

    Chi-town being known as the “Windy City” is a product of marketing and repetition. And it works. After all, there are plenty of mountain tops in Colorado taller than Pike’s Peak. Name ‘em.

    That’s marketing!

  4. I’ve wondered why Fort Worth was called Funkytown too…there’s absolutely nothing funky about it. But then again, I’ve only heard it called that in publications. I’ve never heard an actual person call Fort Worth funkytown.

  5. Yup, decent economic climate however, its: Hot-soaks up whatever energy you had at the beginning of your day and Boring-after you’ve visited the museums, and other attactions in the metroplex, there’s not much left other than eat out and shop (mostly for things you never needed to begin with).

  6. Thank you, I was just about to reply with the exact same thing. I’ve lived in the Chicago area and I find north Texas every bit as windy, if not more so. The biggest difference to me is that Chicago has occasional calm days but I’ve noticed down here that I can count the number of calm days per year on one hand. Even though it can be a pain in the rear while fishing (my favorite pastime), it keeps most summer days from being as unbearable as they would be with little or no wind.

  7. Dallas is boring that is for sure. There is nothing to do outdoors here.