Interesting Facts About The Lone Star State . . . . . . .

The population of Texas is 26 million, not including the 14 million cattle.

70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin.

Texas possesses three of the Top Ten most populous cities in the U.S. - Houston, Dallas and
San Antonio. (as of 2010 census)

Texas' most populous county and third most populous in the United States is Harris county in
southeast Texas with 4.1 million residents. The least populated county in Texas and the United States
is Loving county with only 83 residents.

Texas has 215 cities with a population of 10,000 or more and 24 cities with more than 100,000
residents. (as of 2010 census)

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents - 6.9 million -  than 39 U.S. states. For example, 
Colorado has about 5.0 million residents. (as of February, 2011)

Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation's total area.

El Paso, Texas is closer to Needles, California (516 miles) than it is to Dallas, Texas (571 miles).

Texas' largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles. Connecticut (5,544 Sq Mi),  
Delaware (2,489 Sq Mi) and Rhode Island (1,545 Sq Mi) can fit inside this county.

The King Ranch itself near Corpus Christi is larger than the state of Rhode Island, includes 
50,000 head of cattle and more than 2,000 miles of fence.

Texas possesses 23,292 farms with 1,000 acres or more for a total of 132 million acres, or 
80% of the state land area.

Texas has 90 mountains a mile or more high, with Guadalupe Peak in West Texas at 8,751 
feet being the tallest.

Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest which includes four national and five state forests.

Average yearly rainfall totals in West Texas are less than 8 inches while in East Texas totals 
exceed 56 inches. Texas climate statistics, Texas and U.S. weather extremes.

The average January temperature for Amarillo is 36.7 degrees while in Brownsville the average
is 61.4. On March 27, 1984, the temperature in Brownsville was 106 degrees while Amarillo reported
snow and 35 degrees.

 The Texas summer of 2012 was the hottest June - August period ever in the United States since
records began in 1895. Statewide tree-ring analysis indicates the Texas drought was the second
worst since the year 1550, only 1789 was drier.

 




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