When viewed through a lens that values nightlife and culture over other factors, urban living has a certain cachet. Yet Marcus Hiles, Dallas real estate developer and entrepreneur, points out that appearances can be deceiving. “People who rent apartments in the urban jungle are subjected to a variety of stresses not experienced by those in the suburbs,” says Hiles. “Having too many people share the same space can create havoc.” Indeed, social scientists have released data showing – on a block-by-block basis – an increase in population density leading to an increase in property and violent crimes. That’s a major factor in why, advises Marcus Hiles, Dallas renters should look outside the city itself – which has a population density of over 2,700 people per square mile – to find apartments and townhomes in areas with lower crime rates, highly rated schools, and room to breathe.