Texas is a big, big place. I knew that, but I was taken aback to learn recently that our population has swelled to 25 million. Do you know what that means? If the US has 300 million people, then one out of 12 Americans lives in Texas.
Furthermore, most estimates put the population of the world at 7 billion. That means 1 out of 233 people in the whole world lives in Texas. Those aren’t the best odds, but they’re much fatter than I thought. Texas is a grand place, and apparently a lot of people are learning that.
While we’re at it, did you know that 1 out of 180 Americans lives right here in the San Antonio area? Is that cool or what? I wonder how many of our readers live here?
In spite of that, we’ve got plenty of room left. Just drive 10 miles from any city in Texas and you’ll see what I mean. Empty space, just waiting for more people. What are you waiting for?
Did you know that the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas at a density roughly equal to that in a major US metropolitan area (Milwaukee, Los Angeles, or Detroit) and significantly less crowded than other major US cities like New York (nearly 4 times as crowded!), San Fransisco (more than twice), Philadelphia, and Boston (both nearly twice as crowded).
I figured that out on my own, but this guy took it much further. He did the math on food and water as well, and the results are just as surprising. Overpopulation, my foot!
But here’s what I really want to know: If you don’t live in Texas right now, have you lived here in the past? Do you have hopes or plans to move here in the future? Would you take a second to answer our poll, and maybe leave a comment?
Just for Fun
Just for fun I dug up a few bits of Texas trivia from around the web. I swallowed them all whole, but am only sharing those that are easily verified or disproved. Skeptical? Check the facts and let me know what you find. Got some Texas trivia of your own? Speak up!
- El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas (Nope. Make that Houston).
- Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation.
- Texas is the only state allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
- King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.
- The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).
- Texas is as large as all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined.
- Of the nation’s ten largest cities, three are in Texas (Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio).
- The Dallas/Fort Worth airport is larger than New York City’s Manhattan Island.
- The DFW airport has the largest parking lot in the world.