For residents valuing vibrant nightlife and a thriving cultural scene, urban living has a certain appeal. But according to Marcus Hiles, Dallas real estate developer and entrepreneur, renters should look at the big picture. “People who rent apartments in the urban jungle are subjected to a variety of stresses not experienced by those in the suburbs,” he says. “Having too many people share the same space can create havoc.” Social scientists have have documented this, on a block-by-block basis – an increase in population density leading to an increase in property and violent crimes. This accounts for one reason, says Marcus Hiles, Dallas renters should look beyond the city itself – boasting a population density of over 2,700 people per square mile – and live in apartments and townhomes in neighborhoods with lower crime rates, top rated schools, and room to breathe.