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Texas is abbreviated TX. The capital of Texas is Austin and the largest city is Houston. Residents of Texas are referred to as "Texans."

The unofficial name of Texas is "The Lone Star State." The state song is "Texas, Our Texas." The state motto is "Friendship."

Texas comes from the word "teysha" meaning "hello friend" in the language of the Caddo Indian tribes. Spanish explorers and settlers used this word to refer to the friendly tribes throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Texas is ranked second in population and received its statehood in July 1845.

Texas state bird is the Mockingbird. The state flower is the Bluebonnet and the state tree is the Pecan.

The bordering states of Texas are Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Gulf of Mexico is a neighboring major body of water.

The major industries of Texas are petroleum and natural gas, farming (cotton, livestock), steel, banking, insurance and tourism.

There were 3,828,975 K12 students in the Texas public schools in 1996. Out of those students 312,533 were first grade students. There were also 247,650 K12 public school teachers in the Texas public schools system. There were a total of 6,875 Texas public schools in 1996. (Source: IES National Center for Education Statistics)

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Ten Largest Cities in Texas
City
Population
 Houston
2,208,180
 San Antonio
1,328,984
 Dallas
1,240,499
 Austin
743,074
 Fort Worth
681,818
 El Paso
606,913
 Arlington
371,038
 Corpus Christi
285,507
 Plano
260,796
 Garland
218,792

(Source: U.S. Census, July, 2007)

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