Texas Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Texas
  • 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

  1. Texas is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Texas is in the southwestern region of the United States.
  3. Texas became a U.S. state on Monday, December 29th, 1845.
  4. Texas was the 28th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Texas covers 268,956 square miles.
  6. Texas is the 2nd largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Texas was estimated to be 29,000,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Texas was the 2nd most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Texas is called a Texan.
  10. The capital city of Texas is Austin.
  11. The six largest cities in Texas are Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth and El Paso.
  12. The largest city in by population in Texas is Houston.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Texas is the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
  14. The U.S. state of Texas has 256 counties.
  15. Texas has more counties than any other state in the United States.
  16. The most populated county in Texas is Harris County with 4,713,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  17. The largest county by area in Texas is Brewster County with 6,193 square miles.
  18. The highest elevation point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak at 8,751 feet above sea level.
  19. The lowest elevation point in Texas is the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico at sea level.
  20. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Texas is 35 inches.
  21. Texas is the 32nd wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  22. The average temperature in Texas is 65.9 °F.
  23. Texas is the 5th warmest state in the United States.
  24. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Texas was 120 °F on June 28th, 1994.
  25. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Texas was -23 °F on February 8th, 1933.
  26. A few natural disasters that can affect Texas are flash floods, hail, heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes and wildfires.
  27. Texas is in two time zones, Mountain Time Zone (MT) and Central Time Zone (CT).
  28. The USPS abbreviation for Texas is TX.
  29. Texas is also known as the Lone Star State.
  30. The motto of the U.S. state of Texas is “Friendship”.
  31. The official state insect of Texas is the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).
  32. The official state fish of Texas is the Guadalupe bass (Micropterus treculii).
  33. The official state bird of Texas is the northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).
  34. The official state reptile of Texas is the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum).
  35. The official state flower of Texas is the bluebonnet (Lupinus).
  36. The official state tree of Texas is the pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis).

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.