The state of Texas is the second-largest state by total area (after Alaska) as well as the second-largest state by total population (after California) in the entire country, and it is the largest state in the contiguous U.S.
Home to over 26.4 million residents, Texas has seen steady growth and development really since it was first settled back in the 18th century. Today, Texas is known as the “Lone Star State” due to its flag, and the state has been owned by six different nations before the U.S. finally won the rights to it. Texas is one of the few states that was also its own independent country – this happened after leaving Mexico and before joining the U.S.
The largest city by far in the state of Texas is Houston, which is home to over 2.16 million residents, and surprisingly Texas has three cities with over a million residents living in them (Houston, San Antonio, Dallas) and five cities in the Top 20 largest cities in the U.S. (Austin and Fort Worth, in addition to the ones already listed).
When you first show up in Texas, you will be amazed by just how big it is – so big, in fact, that Texas has one of the most diverse landscapes in the country, mainly due to its size and geographic location. While it’s big on a map, you don’t really get the true scope of its size until you’ve actually been there, and it’s definitely worth it.
Historically, Texas has been occupied by Europeans for at least four hundred years. The landscape is dotted with old Spanish missionaries, and the city of San Antonio actually was founded around a missionary dating back to the 18th century. San Antonio is also the home of the Alamo, one of the most prominent and well-known historic landmarks in the state and in the country. Texas is the home of Six Flags Amusement Park (which actually derived its name from the fact that there have been six different nations to claim dominion over Texas.
Texas is known for its arid climate, but less than 10% of the total area of Texas is actually desert or arid land. Texas is in fact quite large, so the climate can change drastically from area to area. The Gulf of Mexico tends to experience more mild temperatures year-round, thanks to the influence of the Gulf of Mexico, while the panhandle tends to experience colder winters but hotter summers.
Snowfall may be uncommon in many areas of Texas, but up in the panhandle it’s seen almost every winter. Texas is one of the most popular auto transport destinations due to its high volume of large metro areas, nice weather throughout the year (in most areas), and the size of its total population.
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Helpful Links for the State of Texas
- State of Texas Official Website
- Texas on Wikipedia
- Texas State History Museum
- Texas State Databases Courtesy of the American Library Association
- Energy Profile for the State of Texas
More Information About Cities in Texas by Urban Area
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Area
Dallas | Plano | Irving | Fort Worth | Arlington | Grapevine | Carrollton | Frisco | McKinney | Richardson | Denton | Grand Prairie | Mesquite | Addison | Burleson | Crowley | Flower Mound | North Richland Hills | Wautaga | Allen | Cedar Hill | DeSoto | Forest Hill | Highland Village | Mansfield | Waxahachie | Midlothian | Prosper | Weatherford
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metropolitan Area
San Antonio Metropolitan Area
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan Area
El Paso-Las Cruces Metropolitan Area