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Texas is the second largest state by area in the USA and is located in the southern part of the nation. For more than a decade and a half Texas is ranked as the second most populated state in the country. Texas has a common boundary with the states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. Also the state shares an international border with Mexico and has a water boundary formed by Gulf of Mexico.
Austin is the state capital, while Houston is the largest city. Other major urban centers include San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth. The state is divided into 254 counties â€“ the largest number for any state in the US. The vastness of the state combined with the geographical variations bestows different parts with different climatic conditions.
The state is renowned world over for its cattle farming industry. However petroleum and natural gas, banking and technology industries also have a noteworthy presence, with Tourism also being a significant contributor to the economy.
Austin is a musical hub with loads of entertainment and also home to the beautiful Lake Austin and the renowned University of Texas. Houston that houses Johnson Space Centre also holds the historic Herman Park covering 445 acres, with McGovern Lake, Lake Overlook, Hermann Park Japanese Garden, Houston ZooÂ and Miller Outdoor Theatre among others in its premises. Corpus Christi is the coastal city with an impressive beaches, recreational opportunities and major state attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is where some of the most attractive and well bred horses participate in racing. The city of Dallas draws several thousands of tourists on a pleasure trip and boasts of world class accommodations and resorts.
Historically Texas has been deeply influenced by the Spanish and Mexican cultures. A large chunk of the population has Hispanic roots. The famous town of San Antonio and the city with Mexican flavors El Paso are big draws. The numerous small towns in the state also have a beauty and history of their own.