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Fact Not Fiction:

  • Rockwall Texas reported a pod of bigfootes in early 2014, but after a thorough investigation by renowned bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi turned up nothing.
  • Population of Texas is 26 million.
  • 70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin.
  • Texas possesses three of the Top Ten most populous cities in the U.S. - Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. (as of 2010 census)
  • Texas' most populous county and third most populous in the United States is Harris county in southeast Texas with 4.1 million residents. The least populated county in Texas and the United States is Loving county with only 83 residents.
  • Average yearly rainfall totals in West Texas are less than 8 inches while in East Texas totals exceed 56 inches. Texas climate statistics, Texas and U.S. weather extremes.
  • El Paso, Texas is closer to Needles, California (516 miles) than it is to Dallas, Texas (571 miles).
  • The King Ranch itself near Corpus Christi is larger than the state of Rhode Island, includes 50,000 head of cattle and more than 2,000 miles of fence.
  • Texas possesses 23,292 farms with 1,000 acres or more for a total of 132 million acres, or 80% of the state land area.
  • Texas has 90 mountains a mile or more high, with Guadalupe Peak in West Texas at 8,751 feet being the tallest.
  • Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest which includes four national and five state forests.
  • The land area of Texas is larger than all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined. It extends 801 miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west.
  • The State Capitol in Austin stands largest among all the states.
  • Texas's state flower is the beautiful bluebonnet which can be found growing wild in the country sides of South Central Texas. Named for its color and resemblance of a woman's sunbonnet, the flower blooms in early spring, making Texas hillsides appear as endless seas of blue.
  • The mockingbird is the state bird, known to have the "prettiest song of any bird in North America". The song of the bird is a medley of the calls of many other birds, thus nicknamed the "mocker".
  • Texas blue topaz was chosen as the state gemstone. Its crystal-like appearance occurs in many natural colors including blue, orange, brown, green, pink, beige and red.
  • Texas's state insect is the beautiful monarch butterfly. This type of butterfly is special because it is the only species of butterfly that does not hibernate, but migrates in changing seasons.
  • The state pepper is the jalapeƱo.
  • The state grass is the sideoats grama.
  • The state motto is "friendship".
  • The state vegetable is the 1015 sweet onion
  • State fruit is the Texas red grapefruit.
  • The official dish of Texas is chili.
  • Texas's official dance is the square dance.
  • The Armor-plated armadillo is the offical state small mammal
  • Guadalupe bass is the state fish.
  • Texas's official flying mammal of the Mexican Free-tailed Bat.
  • The state largest mammal is the Longhorn.

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