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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.
- 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 is the fourth-largest city in the United States.
- Dallas/Fort Worth ranks as the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
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.
- 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.