Nicknamed “the Lone Star State” Texas is a giant both in terms of its land area and population, being ranked the 2nd largest state in the US by both of these factors, and acting as home to a remarkable 27.5 million inhabitants. Texas was the 28th state to join the USA, and has become one of the country’s most famous areas thanks to its distinct culture. The University of Texas in Austin is a well known and highly regarded institution.
Houston is the most populous city and the primary port in Texas. It is also the most diverse city in the state, performing on the world stage in a wide variety of industries, from energy through aeronautics to media and fashion, amongst many others.
Austin is the state capital of Texas and is renowned as the live music capital of the world. It is the fastest large growing city in the United States and is a hub for the technology and business industries, with many large companies having their headquarters there. Austin is sometimes referred to as the ‘city of the violet crown’ because of the beautiful glow of colourful light which appears across the hills just after sunset.
Dallas is known for its past centrality to the oil and cotton industries. Today the city is home to many millionaires and billionaires, including a notable number of celebrities. You will find plenty to keep you entertained in Dallas, including a remarkable number of opportunities for eating out: the city has more restaurants per capita than NYC!
San Antonio is the oldest municipality in Texas. The city is Spanish-founded and showcases attributes of this in its character and culture. Industry in the city is centred around the military, healthcare, finance and government civil service.
Getting Around in Texas
A number of different railways operate throughout Texas, connecting towns and cities in the state to one another and making travel within the state very straightforward.
For further travel, Texas has 26 commercial service airports, enabling quick travel within the USA. 14 of these airports operate international flights, so if you’re moving to the USA and want family and friends to come and visit, this is easily possible in Texas.
Things to do in Texas
Once your move to Texas is in full swing, you won’t be short of things to do. The state is home to the famous Schlitterbahn waterparks, which are in four different locations throughout Texas. The state’s skies also offer some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world, so be sure to make the most of this. On the gastronomic front, Texas barbecue is a real highlight, and if you live in Texas you can enjoy this delight day in, day out.
Texas is the only state to join the US by treaty rather than by territorial annexation.
The Waco Bridge was the first suspension bridge to be constructed in the USA. It was built in 1870 and is still in use today as a way for pedestrians to cross the Brazos River.
The armadillo is Texas’s official state mammal.