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Moving to Texas
As they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and that statement is not just for show.
So, how big is Texas?
As the largest state by area in the contiguous United States, the Lone Star State spans 268,820 square miles, representing an impressive 8.75% of the total area of the U.S. However, this gargantuan mass of land is less than half the size of Alaska. Home to 28.7 million people, Texas also has the second-largest population, while first-placed California hosts 39.8 million residents.
For some perspective on the sheer land mass of this larger-than-life state, here are some comparisons. Located on the Westernmost tip of Texas, El Paso is closer to Needles, California, than it is to Dallas, on the west end of the state. Texas is also bigger than many countries throughout the world, as it takes up roughly the same amount of space as the countries of France and Switzerland put together.
Top Cities in Texas
Texas is home to three of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States: Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, each housing more than 1 million residents. Austin, its capital city, is quickly approaching the 1 million mark. These four cities make up what is known as the “Texas Triangle,” connected by interstates 45, 10, and 35. In fact, Texas cities overall were found by the census to be growing faster than any other state, which makes them rife with opportunity.
Holding firmly onto the title as the largest city in Texas with 2.3 million residents, the city spans 627 square miles, making it the largest city in the U.S. by total area. Founded in 1836, it was named after General Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, Houston is as rich in history as it is in industry. Houston houses the second greatest number of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. after New York City, with broad industrial bases in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. The city earned its official nickname, “Space City,” in 1967 after NASA’s Space Center.
Housing more than 1.5 million Texans, more people have moved to San Antonio from 2010 to 2017 than any other U.S. city. San Antonio is also the oldest municipality in Texas. It was named after St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost things. It is the home of the famed Alamo, a historic Spanish fortress compound and the site of the Battle of the Alamo.
With a population of just over 1.3 million, Dallas is the main core of the largest metro area in the South thanks to its proximity to Fort Worth. The Dallas-Fort worth metroplex makes up the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, comprised of 7.3 million people. Rated as a “beta +” global city, its economy is as diverse as its population. Dallas serves as headquarters for nine Fortune 500 companies, with dominant sectors including defense, financial services, IT, and telecommunications.
With a current population of more than 950,000 residents, Austin claims the third-highest growth rate in the U.S. from 2010 to 2017, having grown by a remarkable 22.5%. The greater area of Austin has been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of the South” or “Silicon Hills” due to it being home to both Dell and Compaq computers, as well as various other high-tech companies. Austin enjoys an active, passionate, and unparalleled local music scene, earning it the title of the live music capital of the world.
Texas houses the highest populations of whitetail deer, cattle, and bats, and it contains more farmland and produces more wool than anywhere else in the country. The Lone Star state is home to the world’s largest fishing pier in Port Lavaca as well as the world’s largest municipal rose garden in Tyler, Texas.
Texas is the only state in the nation to have six different flags fly over it. Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States, and the United States have all staked claim over the state of Texas throughout its eventful history. In 1845, it became the only state to have previously been its own country as well as the only one to enter the U.S. by treaty as opposed to territorial annexation.
Home to eight professional sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Houston Astros, the Houston Comets, the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Rangers, there is no shortage of fan frenzy in Texas.
Things to do in Texas
Texas offers a plethora of activities for the whole family, where newcomers can truly find something for everyone. The Alamo, considered the cradle of Texas liberty, is the state’s most popular tourist site.
The religious or spiritual will likely find that the Rothko Chapel lives up to its Zen reputation as one of the holiest spots on the planet. Nature enthusiasts can camp out at Enchanted Rock, hike through Big Bend National Park, kayak on Caddo Lake, or attend a star party at McDonald Observatory at the Davis Mountains State Park.
If you’re in for a sun and water adventure or just want to lounge on the beach, the Texas-owned waterpark giant, Schlitterbahn, boasts four locations throughout the state, and South Padre Island showcases the state’s best beaches.
Live music fans will love a tour through Austin’s many entertainment districts for music. While most outsiders and newcomers would expect it to be all country music, Austin embraces a wide variety of musical genres and styles.
Who could forget legendary Texas barbecue and Tex Mex? Tasting your way through the state will not disappoint. Locals say the most overlooked barbecue joints and roadside stands can be hidden gems that are every bit as good as the big names. South of the border influences can also be found throughout the southern portion of the state and are known for serving the best Mexican food in the country.