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Moving To Texas?

Welcome to Texas….the Lone Star State. Texans are known to be friendly people.  In fact, our name comes from the Caddo Indian word “TEJAS” which means friend.  We are very proud of our state, whose size is matched only by its diversity.  People of different cultures coexist amidst a variety of food, music, dances, traditions, entertainment and employment opportunities.  The Texas Department of Information Resources has put together, a nationally recognized, award-winning portal for the citizens of Texas.  You’ll find links to websites for cities, counties, chambers of commerce, schools and more.  You will also find answers to questions regarding such topics as state laws, state government and required business licenses.

Texas Geography

Texas has three of the nation’s top 10 metro areas in population - Houston, Dallas/Forth Worth and San Antonio.  There are also several mid-sized cities, monstrous ranches and hundreds of small towns.

The geography of Texas is as varied as the citizens that make up this grand state. Within approximately  267,338 square miles, you’ll find distinct changes in terrain depending on which direction you drive. From the highest peak (Guadalupe Peak @ approx. 8,751 ft) to sea level, The Gulf Coast, Rio Grand Valley, Blackland Prairies, High Plains, East Texas and West Texas are regional differences that make Texas truly unique. 

For the Kids

Is a move to Texas in your future?  If you have young children, making the transition will be easier if they get to know a little more about where they are going.  If you depend on the portrayal of Texas life as depicted in movies and on television, you may be sorely disappointed.  While some of us may be a little laid-back, you will still find the hustle and bustle of a sprawling metropolis in our major cities.  Music and the Arts are important to us.  And you will find that we don’t all wear cowboy boots and hats nor do we ride to school, work and church on horseback.  But if you come during rodeo season, don’t be surprised if you come upon trail riders as they blaze their way down one of the state’s major arteries toward the festivities.  
Did you know that….

  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 nations flying over it.
  • Texas produced more wool than any other state in the U.S.
  • Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty.
  • This state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  • The 1st word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was “Houston”.
  • Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S.
  • The population of Houston has topped three million.
  • Houston is home to the 1st major freeway in Texas.
  • The 1st U.S. public television station is located in Houston.