Last updated on November 16th, 2019
33. From north to south the state extends approximately 1600 kilometers and the same distance from east to west.
34. Texas is generally divided into East and West. The eastern part of the state is known for cotton while the western part of the state is characterized by cattle ranching.
35. The Astrodome is the world’s first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. It was opened on April 9, 1965.
36. Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was the first European to visit Texas in 1915.
37. Between 1836 and 1845, Texas was an independent nation. It is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
38. Six flags have flown over Texas (Spanish, French, Mexican, Republic of Texas, Confederate, and United States).
39. George W. Bush, the ex-president of the United States of America (between 2001 and 2009), was the governor of Texas for two terms.
40. Texas has more species of birds than any other state, which includes screech owls and hummingbirds.
41. Texas has more cattle than any other state in the country.
42. Texas also has one of the world’s largest wind-power-producing farms. Texas has its own power grid. There are three grids in the Lower 48 states: the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection — and Texas. The power grid in the state was established during the WWII so that the factories producing critical war supplies remain self-sustainable.[6,28]
43. With approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats, the Congress Avenue Bridge, in downtown Austin, is home to one of the largest urban bat colony in North America. Every night from mid-March to November, the bats come out from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food.
44. There were nearly 297,000 oils well in Texas as of February 2018.
45. King Ranch, located in Kingsville, is larger than the state of Rhode Island. As the home of 35,000 cattle and over 200 Quarter Horses, King Ranch is one of the largest ranches in the world today.
46. Texas has three of the ten most populous cities in the United States – Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
47. Among the list of amazing facts about Texas, this fact has a special place: Texas has more farms and land in farms than any other state in the U.S.
48. This fact in Texas fact file tells us that among all U.S. states, Texas has experienced the most number of tornadoes since 1950. On average, Texas experiences 120 tornadoes a year. A tornado can roar along as fast as 300 miles an hour. Kansas stands second on the list.[32,33]
49. The Texas Rangers is the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the U.S. It was established in 1823.
Texas – quick facts and state symbols
|Table last updated||May 14, 2019|
List Of U.S. States And Their Capital
|State Size||Total (Land + Water): 268,581 sq miles; Land Only: 261,797 sq miles|
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
|Statehood||December 29, 1845|
|State rank by population||2nd|
|State rank by date of fomation||28th|
|State rank by area||2nd|
|Number of Counties||254
Complete list of 50 states and number of counties in each
|Demonym||Texan, Texian, Tejano|
|Bordering States||Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma|
|Religion||Christian - 77%
Unaffiliated - 18%
Nothing in particular - 13%
|Highest Point||Guadalupe Peak
8,751 ft (2667.4 m)
|Lowest point||Gulf of Mexico
|Mean elevation||1,700 feet above sea level|
|Length||790 miles (1,270 km)|
|Width||773 miles (1,244 km)|
|National Parks||Big Bend National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
|Governor||Greg Abbott (R)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Dan Patrick (R)|
|State Nickname||Lone Star State|
|Nobel Prize Winners||Robert Woodrow Wilson (Physics, 1978)
Bruce Merrifield (Chemistry, 1984)
E. Donnall Thomas (Physiology or Medicine, 1990)
Robert F. Curl Jr. (Chemistry, 1996)
|Famous People||Thurman Thomas (Football player),
Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President),
Greg Maddux (Pitcher. Inducted in 2014),
Sheryl Swoopes (Guard. Inducted in 2016),
Brian Leetch (Hockey player),
Robin Wright (Actress),
|State Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Domino Game||42|
|State Flower Song||"Bluebonnets"
|State Song||"Texas, Our Texas"|
|State Music||Western Swing|
|State Epic Poem||Legend of Old Stone Ranch|
|State Rodeo Drill Team||Ghostriders
|State Dinosaur||Paluxysaurus jonesi
|State Bluebonnet Festival||Cappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival|
|State Fish||Guadalupe bass
|State soil||Houston Black
|State Gemstone cut||Lone star cut|
|State Flying Mammal||Mexican free-tailed bat|
|State Large Mammal||Longhorn|
|State Small Mammal||Armadillo|
|State Insect||Monarch butterfly|
|State Grass||Sideoats grama|
|State Reptile||Texas horned lizard|
|State Tall Ship||Elissa|
|State Amphibian||Texas toad|
|State Fruit||Texas red grapefruit|
|State Health Nut||Pecan|
|State Bluebonnet City||Ennis|
|State Cobbler||Peach cobbler|
|State Cooking Implement||Cast iron Dutch oven|
|State Crustacean||Texas Gulf shrimp|
|State dog||Blue Lacy|
|State Fiber and Fabric||Cotton|
|State Footwear||Cowboy boot|
|State Hat||Cowboy hat|
|State Horse||American quarter horse|
|State Native Pepper||Chiltepin|
|State Native Shrub||Texas purple sage|
|State Pie||Pecan pie|
|State Plant||Prickly pear cactus|
|State Pollinator||Western honey bee|
|State Precious Metal||Silver|
|State Sea Turtle||Kemp's ridley sea turtle|
|State Shell||Lightning whelk|
|State Ship||U.S.S. Texas|
|State Shrub||Crape myrtle|
|State Stone||Petrified palm wood|
|State Vehicle||Chuck wagon|
|State Waterlily||Nymphaea Texas dawn|
|State tartan||Texas Bluebonnet Tartan|
|Longitude||93° 31′ W to 106° 39′ W|
|Latitude||25° 50′ N to 36° 30′ N|
|Time Zone||Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone|
|Area Codes||210, 214, 254, 281, 325, 361, 409, 430, 432, 469, 512, 682, 713, 737, 806, 817, 830, 903, 915, 936, 940, 956, 972, 979|