The US state of Texas is one of the largest economies in the US. In fact, if Texas were a sovereign state, it would be the 12th largest economy in the world, ahead of countries like Australia and South Korea in GDP. Texas ranks as the second most populous state in the US with a population of 27,469,114 residents. The State has a wealth of natural resources that includes oil wells, wind power, and solar power.
The Largest Cities In Texas
1. Houston - 2,296,224
Houston ranks number one among the biggest cities in Texas. It has an estimated population of 2 million residents. The city has residents of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas, and it is home to Space Center Houston- NASA’s official visitor center and an attraction for many tourists. The Space Center offers space crafts and simulators training. Houston is known for its thriving visual and performing arts scene. It accommodates the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Houston Symphony Orchestra.
2. San Antonio - 1,469,845
San Antonio, the second biggest city in the state, has an estimated population of 1.4 million residents. The Alamo- a Spanish Mission center established in the 18th Century and later converted into a fortress- is the city’s main attraction. The Alamo is part of the San Antonio Missions National Park; the only world heritage site in the state of Texas. Riverwalk, which is a series of walkways along the banks of San Antonio River, is another popular attraction in San Antonio. Riverwalk is lined with bars, restaurants, and shops. Other popular sites in San Antonio include Tower of Americas, Marriage Island, and Sea world.
3. Dallas - 1,300,092
Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest city in the United States. Dallas is located in north Texas, and is unique among major cities for not having access to the sea. The population of Dallas is growing at a rate that is higher than other cities in the United States - in fact, it is one of the country's fastest growing metropolitan areas.
4. Austin - 931,820
Austin is the fourth largest city in Texas, with just under one million residents. It also has the designation of being the capital city of Texas. Like Dallas, Austin's population is growing quickly. Due to the presence of several live music venues and a few major music festivals, Austin has the nickname of the "Live Music Capital of the World".
5. Fort Worth - 833,319
Forth Worth, which is part of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metropolitan area, is also the fifth largest city in Texas in its own right. Fort Worth is well known for being the epicenter of cowboy culture. Fort Worth is also home to a number of universities and colleges.