Texas is after Alaska the biggest state in America, and in 1845 the state became the 28th state that joined the Union of the United States of America.
Texas measures over 261,000 square miles and has the second largest population of all states (25 million). The state counts more than 1,200 cities, of which 38 have a population that exceeds 100,000. Texas is also a residence state for many well-known business schools and therefore supports the development of business in the whole region.
All cities below include over 700,000 residents while the largest three (Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas) have more than 1 million citizens.
When it comes to the top-10 of leading U.S. metropolitan areas, the Dallas area is 4th while the Houston area is 5th, meaning that Texas has the most populous regions in America, more than any other state. But here we just look at the number of citizens in the cities, we don’t consider the number of people living in specific metropolitan areas.
The Biggest Cities in Texas are:
Houston is a very rapidly growing city and has a population of almost 2.3 million, making it Texas’ largest city, though the Dallas area is the state’s biggest metropolitan area. Houston is located in Harris County and is home to the Texans (National Football League) and the Houston Astros (Major League Baseball). Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of NASA and features simulators, spacecraft, and many interesting items that were used by astronauts.
Worth a visit is Hermann park, a stunning 445-acre park that’s is among Houston’s best-visited public parks by citizens and visitors alike. Hermann Park includes the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center and is located between Cambridge and Fannin Streets, and from there you can easily visit Houston’s Museum District, Rice University, the iconic Astrodome and the Houston Texans’ home NRG stadium (former Reliant Stadium). Check out also Sam Houston Park that features municipal art projects and monuments to war heroes.
San Antonio is Texas’ second largest city and has a population of nearly 1.5 million. The city is located in the southwestern portions of the state in the urban region that’s referred to as the Texas Triangle. San Antonio is famous for the Alamo (the 1836 battle between a brave group of Texans and Mexican troops), the Alamo Bowl, the Tower of the Americas, Marriage Island, and, of course, Spanish colonial missions.
The city is home to two major theme parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Seaworld. San Antonio’s famed River Walk is featuring great entertainment and dining options and the finest shopping in a setting that’s like a park, and the city is also home to the San Antonio Spurs (5-times NBA champions), and the ‘San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo’, one of America’s largest such events.
Dallas is Texas’ third largest city (after Houston and San Antonio) with a population of just over 1.3 million. Dallas (together with Fort Worth and Arlington) is the largest metropolitan area in Texas and the fourth in the nation. The city is well-known for the Dallas Cowboys (football), the Mavericks (2011 NBA champions), and the Dallas Stars (National Hockey League). The Sixth Floor Museum (Dealy Plaza) is commemorating President Kennedy’s assassination (1963) from that building (it was earlier referred to as the Texas School Book Depository).
Music is playing a big role in Dallas (as in so many American cities) and worth visiting are the Deep Ellum neighborhood (blues) and Gilley’s (country music). The economy of Dallas is predominantly based on energy (oil), banking, telecommunications, commerce, technology, healthcare & medical research, and logistics & transportation. The city houses the 3rd largest Fortune 500 companies concentration in America, just after New York City and Houston.
Austin is the capital of Texas and the county seat of Travis County. The city is Texas’ fourth, and America’s 11th-most populated city with a population of almost 932,000 and it is the fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is located in Central Texas and offers many rivers, lakes, and waterways such as Barton Springs, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis, McKinney Falls, Lake Walter E. Long, and the Colorado River,
The city is Texas’ capital city and the economic and cultural center of the Austin–Round Rock urban concentration that includes in total more than two million citizens. Austin is also famous for being nicknamed ‘The Live Music Capital of the world’, as there are over 200 venues for live music featuring all styles like rock, blues, rap, country, or alternative music.
The city boasts more than 300 days of great sunshine annually, and visitors and locals alike can be found spending their days on the banks of, for example, Lady Bird Lake or at one of Austin’s 200 other parks.
Fort Worth is the county seat of Tarrant County and Texas’ fifth largest city with almost 835,000 citizens. It is part of America’s fourth, and Texas’ biggest metropolitan area, together with Dallas and Arlington. Fort Worth includes three major districts, the Stockyard, Cultural, and Sundance Square districts.
The highlights in the Cultural District include the Museum of Science & History, the Modern Art Museum, and Bass Performance Hall. Here you also find the world’s largest honky tonk (Billy Bob’s Texas), and you should also visit Exchange street (Stockyard – cattle drive), and the district of Sundance Square features performance art, eclectic shopping options, and several fine dining restaurants.
Fort Worth was founded in 1849 as an outpost for the Army, and today, the city is still proud of its Western heritage that shows in its traditional design and architecture. Fort Worth is home to several world-class museums including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
The city additionally is home to a number of universities such as Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University School of Law, and The University of North Texas-Health Science Center. In Fort Worth, many multinational corporations are headquartered including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, and American Airlines.