Texas Education and State Information

With an estimated population of 27.5 million residents as of 2015, Texas is the second most populous state in the country. Texas has nearly 190 nonprofit postsecondary schools, including Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University.

Information About Texas

'Texas' comes from the Hasinai Indian word 'tejas,' which translates as friends or allies. Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845, when it was granted territorial annexation. A state of superlatives, it boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer and is the greatest wool producer. It covers approximately 268,000 square miles, and it's the second largest state based on size.

The sheer size of Texas means there are myriad things to do and see, whether historical sites, museums or fine dining. The Alamo is a must-see, as is the Space Center in Houston. Historic parks include Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and the Spanish Governor's Palace. There are art galleries and wildlife sanctuaries. Probably one of the most unusual attractions in Texas is the Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum. Visitors can even take in tours of nuclear missile silos, now disused.

Texas Educational Opportunities

Six Texas schools were among the top 100 national universities, based on 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. They include Rice University in Houston, ranked 18th; the University of Texas - Austin, 52nd; Southern Methodist University in Dallas, 61st; Texas A&M University's College Station campus, 70th; Baylor University in Waco, 72nd; and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, 82nd. Additionally, Southwestern University in Georgetown was ranked 90th among national liberal arts colleges.

Texas also is home to several of U.S. News' top 25 regionally ranked colleges and universities in the West. Among them are Abilene Christian University, East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Howard Payne University in Brownwood, McMurry University in Abilene, St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Trinity University in San Antonio and the University of Dallas in Irving.

Some of Texas' largest schools are 2-year institutions. They include Lone Star College System, based in The Woodlands; Houston Community College and the Tarrant County College District, based in Fort Worth. In total, the state has more than 80 nonprofit 2-year schools.

Texas Economy and Industry

Texas' most famous business residents are Dell and Compaq computers. Dr. Pepper is probably one of the most famous Texan products. Industry sectors supporting the economy include manufacturing and advanced technology, biotechnology and life science, aerospace, aviation and defense, information and computer technology, petroleum refining and chemical products, and energy.

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