Facts about Texas

Interesting Facts About Texas:

  • Texas is the second-largest state in the United States.
  • Texas has the most hospitals per capita in the nation.
  • The state has more high schools than any other state, with a total of 1,600 high schools.
  • The state also has more than 2,500 colleges and universities.
  • Texas also has the largest prison population in the US.

Texas Geography Facts

  • Texas has more than 200 million acres of public land.
  • Texas has more than 12,000 miles of state highways.
  • The state has more than 6,000 miles of rivers and streams.
  • Texas has more than 800 miles of inland waterways.
  • There are more than 15,000 lakes and ponds in Texas.
Texas geographical map with coastline and rivers
Physical regions of Texas, showing the 367 mi (591 km) coastline (6th longest in the US)
  • The state of Texas is larger than any European country.
  • If Texas were its own country, it would be the 40th largest in land area.
  • Texas has three of the top 10 most populous cities in the U.S.
  • The three most populous cities of Texas are:
    • Houston
    • Dallas
    • San Antonio
  • Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth ranks as the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
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Texas State sowing on the US political map.

Economy Facts About Texas

  • Texas has the highest number of millionaires in the nation.
  • There are more than 2,000 billionaires in the state, compared to about 2,000 in California.
  • Texas has the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.
  • Texas has the second-largest state budget.
  • The state spends more than $100 billion on public education annually, and the per pupil spending in Texas is $7,000 higher than the national average.
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Cotton field in central Texas with windmills. Texas ranks second for producing wind energy and first for cotton production.
  • Texas ranks first in the nation for its production of cotton and corn.
  • The state ranks second in the nation for producing wind energy.
  • Texas has the largest oil reserves in the world and the third-largest producer of crude oil in the U.S., behind only Alaska and Oklahoma.
  • It is also the nation’s leading producer of petrochemicals.

Historical Facts About Texas ‍

  • Before Europeans settled in Texas, it was the land of Native American tribes.
  • When the Spanish settlers first arrived in Texas, they were greeted by the friendly Caddo tribe. They said Tay-yas, which means “friends,” and the sound of the word “Texas”.
  • Texas has been ruled by Spain, France, Mexico and others.
  • When Texas became the Republic of Texas, its first president was Sam Houston.
  • Before Texas became a U.S. state, it fought for its independence from Mexico.
  • Texas is called the “Lone Star State” because it was the only state to join the United States after it was founded in 1776.

Texas Tourism Facts

  • Texas is the forth-largest state in terms of tourism receipts.
  • Texas is the fifth-largest state in terms of tourism receipts
  • Texas has more than 10,000 hotels and resorts, including the world’s largest golf resort.
  • There are more than 600 public golf courses in the state.
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Houston golf course in Hermann park conservancy at Texas, one of the many golf courses in Texas.