You might associate Texas with images of cowboys and tumbleweed, but there’s a lot more to this huge state than just rodeos. To begin with, it’s one of the fastest growing states in the U.S. The economy is vast and booming, prices are cheap, and the cities are bustling with people. Texas is an incredibly complicated state with tons of history. In many ways it’s probably the exact opposite of what you would expect it to be. Get to know this awesome state like you’ve never known it before! These are 25 impressive facts about Texas you might find hard to believe.
Between 1836 (independence from Mexico) and 1845, Texas was an independent country
1 in every 12 Americans lives in Texas
If Texas was its own country, it would be the world’s 7th largest oil producer
Texas is the fastest growing large state in the US with three of the fastest growing cities (Dallas, Houston, Austin). Since 2000, there has been a net migration to Texas from other states of 1 million people
Although Texas is usually associated with heat, the climate is highly varied. A lot of people don’t realize that it snows in the mountainous western portion of the state
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