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A little information about Texas:

Welcome to Texas!
(We know that you can’t wait to get here)

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I have to tell you up front, I am biased when it comes to Texas. It’s my home. Other states have their perks, but home is truly where the heart is…and mine belongs to Texas. So if it’s sounds like I’m biased, it’s because it comes from the heart. When you hear the word “Texas”, you see images of cowboys riding their horses off into the sunset, cattle running down the middle of Main Street and an occasional tumbleweed blowing past you. That’s west Texas. Most parts of Texas have crossed over into the 21st century. So what’s the fuss? Let me take you on a tour of the Lone Star State!

Texas covers 261,797 square miles (2nd largest state in the U.S.). Texas is taken from a Caddo Indian word “teyshas” meaning “allies” or “friendly”. Texas became part of the United States union on December 29, 1845. The state capital of Texas is Austin, the state flower is the Bluebonnet, the state song is “Texas, Our Texas” and the state motto is “Friendship”. Texas received its nickname “Lone Star State” from the star on its flag when it was created in 1836 for the Republic of Texas.

Texas History

I could tell you for days (maybe weeks) about Texas history, but I’ll attempt to condense it for you. Texas has such a rich and interesting history. Texas was explored, claimed, fought for and claimed again as far back as before 1500 by European explorers and settlers. Texas has been home to numerous tribes of Indians (another whole story in itself) such as the Lipan, the Apache, the Comanche, the Caddo, Tonkawa, Lipan and many others. By 1519, a Spanish explorer by the name of Alonso Alvarez de Pineda became the first know European to explore and map the Texas coastline. Robert Cavelier established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, making France’s claim to Texas. Throughout the 18th century (1716-1789), Spain established Catholic missions in Texas such as San Antonio, Goliad and Nacogdoches. It was January 3, 1823 that Stephen F. Austin received a grant from the Mexican government to be colonization along the Brazos River. In 1824, Mexico created a Constitution to form a government, including the republic of Texas. On April 6, 1830, Mexico forbid further immigration of Texas settlers from the United States. Over the next six years, there were many battles between the Texas settlers and the Mexican government. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, creating a new Republic of Texas. The Battle of the Alamo was lost within two weeks to the Mexican Army, but Sam Houston led Texans to defeat the Mexican Army led by Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, to ensure the Republic of Texas independence from Mexico. There’s so much more to share, but I can’t see to type as my sense of pride is bring tears to my eyes.

Texas Economy and Employment

Texas is currently the second (2nd) fastest growing state in the union (North Dakota is number one), with a GDP growth rate of 4.8 percent. The major industries in Texas continue to be oil and natural gas; and Texas is currently the leading producer of both in the U.S. Texas also is a primary supplier of other mineral sources such as helium, salt, sulfur and clay. The development and manufacture of electronic equipment has given Texas the nickname “Silicon Prairie”. It extends from Dallas-Fort Worth to Austin. Texas continues to lead the nation in producing cattle, cotton and cottonseed. Texas has more farms, farmland and sheep than any other state. Texas also holds its own in the production of citrus fruit, wheat, pecans, oats and peaches.

Texas is renowned for its job growth. According to Yahoo! Finance, Texas has three cities in the top ten (10) experiencing the greatest number of job growth. In the time period of 2010 to 2012, Houston is up six (6) percent, adding 165,969 jobs; Austin is up six (6) percent, adding 49,131 jobs; and Dallas is up four (4) percent, adding 128,644 jobs into the Texas economy. The Texas unemployment rate is at 6.2 percent, compared to the other large states that are hovering at 8 percent.

The average per capita income is $39,493, above the national average of $37,000 and is growing the fastest in the top half of wages above $16 per hour. Houston is number two (2) with expected job growth of 2.6 percent a year. Dallas has the relatively higher wages, but for overall growth for the next five (5) years, Austin wins with a projected rate of 3.9 percent. In regard to job growth, Austin is booming.

Facts about Texas

Texas covers 261,797 square miles (2nd largest state in the U.S.). Texas is taken from a Caddo Indian word “teyshas” meaning “allies” or “friendly”. Texas became part of the United States union on December 29, 1845. The state capital of Texas is Austin, the state flower is the Bluebonnet, the state song is “Texas, Our Texas” and the state motto is “Friendship”. Texas received its nickname “Lone Star State” from the star on its flag when it was created in 1836 for the Republic of Texas.

Texas is the 2nd most populous state with a population of 26 million (California is the most populous at 38 million) as of July 1, 2012. Texas has ten (10) large cities (2010 estimate): Houston (2.1 million), San Antonio (1.2 million), Dallas (1.2 million), Austin (790,000), Fort Worth (741,000), El Paso (649,000), Arlington (365,000), Corpus Christi (305,000), Plano (260,000) and Laredo (36,000). Texas has five (5) state forests (7,314 acres) and one hundred-fifteen (115) state parks (600,000+ acres).

Texas is in the Central Standard Time zone, 1 hour behind the East Coast, 1 hour behind the Mountain states and 2 hours ahead West coast states.

Texas Weather and Climate

Texas climate and weather is subject to “abrupt climate changes”. Ever heard the phrase, “if you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes”. That’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much. It can change within hours. Texas weather and climate varies by region, (remember, Texas covers 261,797 square miles). In order to understand Texas weather, it’s best to section Texas off by regions: West Texas, Northern Plains of Texas, North Central Texas, South Central Texas, East Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast.

The climate of west Texas (also known as the Trans-Pecos region) is arid and dry, making it perfect for cactus and tumbleweeds. It is the driest part of Texas, receiving an average annual rainfall of sixteen (16) inches or less. The wettest months are in the summer. Average temperatures are 95 degrees (F) for highs in the summer and 33 degrees (F) for lows in the winter. The Northern Plains are semi-arid and prone to drought. The average annual rainfall is between 16 to 32 inches. In the summer, most days are clear averaging a high temperature of 95 degrees (F). In the winter, the Northern Plains receive a blast of cold air coming off the Rocky Mountains and can bring large amounts of snowfall with average temperatures dipping down to 25 degrees (F). The wettest months are April and May. Due to its location east of the Rockies, it is prone to dust storms and is considered part of the Tornado Alley section of the country.

North Central and East Texas are similar climates with annual rainfall at more than 60 inches (The Piney Woods of east Texas) to 35 inches (Dallas-Fort Worth area). Like the Panhandle, North Central Texas is considered part of Tornado Alley, receiving most of the action in the spring and early summer. Average annual temperatures range from 96 degrees (F) for highs in the summer to 32 degrees (F) for lows in the winter. South Central Texas (the Hill Country) does not see much snow in the winter, but is close enough to Tornado Alley to see action in the spring months. Average rainfall is 34 inches and the average high temperature is 98 degrees (F) in the summer; the average low temperature is 42 degrees (F) in the winter. And last but not least, the Texas Coastal Plains. The closer to the Gulf of Mexico, the warmer and the annual rainfall amount increases, averaging about 55 inches. Due to the warm air from the gulf, it rarely snows and almost never sticks. The average high temperature in the summer is 93 degrees (F) and the average low temperature in the winter is 44 degrees (F). Since it is along the gulf, it is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes.

Housing and Taxes

The median price for an existing, single-family detached home is $176,000 as of February 2013. You may have heard all of the hubbub on the news about Texas Governor Rick Perry enticing individuals to move to Texas where there is no state income tax or corporate tax. Which is true, there is no state income tax or corporate tax. However, many folks from other parts of the country are a little taken aback when they first see the property tax. Texas ranks fourteenth (14th) in property tax rates. Property taxes are collected locally and can only be used to fund city, county and school district needs. There is a sales tax of 6.25 percent. Cities can add additional taxes up to 8.25 percent in some areas.

Education in Texas

Texas has over 1,000 public school districts, independent for municipal government. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees each district, providing supplemental funding to fund poorly performing districts. The TEA may oversee public school systems, but due to the independent nature, the TEA is limited in actual jurisdiction. Texas ranks seventh (7th) nationally in dropout rates.

The dropout rate in Texas has decreased from 9.4 percent in 2009 to 7.3 percent in 2010, a total of 5,800 more students graduating. Out of 314,079 students in the class of 2010, 84.3 percent graduated, 7.2 percent continued into high school the following year and 1.3 percent received their GED certificate.

There are thirty-six (36) separate public universities in Texas, thirty-two (32) belong to the one of the six (6) state university systems. Of the six systems, three (3) are classified as Tier One research (universities classified as very high research activity) institutions: The University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are flagship universities within the state of Texas. Both were established by the Texas Constitution in 1883. Texas A&M had an enrollment of 52,378 in the fall of 2012, where University of Texas at Austin had an enrollment of 52,213 for the same period. Overall, Texas public universities collectively had a total of 525,696 enrollments for the fall semester of 2012. There are many private institutions of higher learning as well. Only one private university is nationally recognized as a Tier One research university, Rice University in Houston.

Professional sports

Texas in not known for its passion for professional baseball, but don’t diss football….them’s fightin’ words. In Texas, football is the national past time. There are two NFL teams, two MLB teams, three NBA teams and one NHL team.

The NFL (National Football League) has two football teams: the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys (a little known team touted as “America’s team”). Both teams have a strong, eccentric and loyal following. To be safe, when you are in South Texas, you are a “Texan” fan. When you are in North Texas, you are a “Cowboy” fan. It doesn’t matter if you are sincere, you just want to keep the angry mob from noticing you.

The MLB (Major League Baseball) has two teams: Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Professional baseball fans are a little less fanatical and not as loyal to the players (for example, Josh Hamilton). You are safe to support your team in any region of Texas without fear of losing your teeth.

The NBA (National Basketball Association) has three teams: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. All three teams have their fan base, but again, not as fanatical as the football crowd.

The NHL (National Hockey League) has one team, the Dallas Stars, but with a diverse population, Texas will most likely expand its hockey fan base.

With the addition of the Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR is igniting a fan base in Texas like a wildfire in a whirlwind. The TMS (Texas Motor Speedway) holds about 191,000 and is watched by approximately 6 million race fans via television.

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