Texas, the "Lone Star" state, became a state in 1845. Texas is located geographically in the south central U.S. with a coastline on the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas is the second most populous and second largest state in the U.S. Large cities include Houston, San Antonia, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso and Austin, the capital.
Texas is an industrial leader in agriculture, energy, petrochemicals, aerospace and healthcare. Texas is vast enough to have a range of climate and topography, from the hot and humid coastal plains to the arid desert in the west. Texas is a low tax state, one of the few remaining states with no state income tax.
Texas is a favorite of retirees and five places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Texas videos.