- U.S. State: Texas
- Abbreviation: TX
- Joined the USA: December 29th, 1845 (28th State)
- Located: Southwestern United States
- Capital City: Austin, TX
- Most Populated City: Houston, TX
36 Texas Facts for Kids
- Texas is a state in the United States of America.
- Texas is in the southwestern region of the United States.
- Texas became a U.S. state on Monday, December 29th, 1845.
- Texas was the 28th state to join the United States.
- The U.S. state of Texas covers 268,956 square miles.
- Texas is the 2nd largest state by area in the United States.
- In 2019, the population of Texas was estimated to be 29,000,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In 2019, Texas was the 2nd most populated state in the United States.
- A person who is from or lives in Texas is called a Texan.
- The capital city of Texas is Austin.
- The six largest cities in Texas are Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth and El Paso.
- The largest city in by population in Texas is Houston.
- The largest metropolitan area in Texas is the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
- The U.S. state of Texas has 256 counties.
- Texas has more counties than any other state in the United States.
- The most populated county in Texas is Harris County with 4,713,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
- The largest county by area in Texas is Brewster County with 6,193 square miles.
- The highest elevation point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak at 8,751 feet above sea level.
- The lowest elevation point in Texas is the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico at sea level.
- The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Texas is 35 inches.
- Texas is the 32nd wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
- The average temperature in Texas is 65.9 °F.
- Texas is the 5th warmest state in the United States.
- The warmest temperature ever recorded in Texas was 120 °F on June 28th, 1994.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Texas was -23 °F on February 8th, 1933.
- A few natural disasters that can affect Texas are flash floods, hail, heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes and wildfires.
- Texas is in two time zones, Mountain Time Zone (MT) and Central Time Zone (CT).
- The USPS abbreviation for Texas is TX.
- Texas is also known as the Lone Star State.
- The motto of the U.S. state of Texas is “Friendship”.
- The official state insect of Texas is the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
- The official state fish of Texas is the Guadalupe bass (Micropterus treculii).
- The official state bird of Texas is the northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).
- The official state reptile of Texas is the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum).
- The official state flower of Texas is the bluebonnet (Lupinus).
- The official state tree of Texas is the pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis).
Pictures of Texas
A picture of the flag of the U.S. state of Texas.
A picture of Austin, the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas.
A picture of Houston, the most populated city in Texas.
Additional Resources on Texas
- About Texas – Discover more about Texas, United States on the National Geographic Kids website.
- History of Texas – Learn about the history of the U.S. state of Texas on the History Channel website.
- Facts About Texas – Find more awesome facts about Texas on the Culture Trip website.
- Texas – Britannica – Read the article about Texas on the Britannica website to learn more about it.