Texas is the Lone Star State, called so because of the single star in the state’s flag. It has the second largest population in the entirety of the United States and is considered one of the fast-growing states in the country.
While Texas has a general image already established by many who have not been there, the cities of the state are all very diverse with distinct economies, different tourist attractions, culture, focus of education and industries.
Being such a huge state, the cities in Texas can even compete with the rest of the other cities in the United States, and a number of them place highly on the list of the most populous cities.
Here is a list of the biggest cities in Texas, by population and by geography.
Largest Cities in Texas By Population
Texas’ population has been steadily going up, and is still growing very quickly. The first list will be the biggest cities in terms of general population, and while population cannot be a solid, exact statistic, the differences in each city makes it easy to place them.
Houston is a huge metropolis in Texas, and has the largest population in the state. Its population goes over 2 million, with accommodations of a set of universities, including the University of Houston. It is also counted as the fourth biggest city in the United States in terms of population.
2. San Antonio
San Antonio follows Houston as the second largest city of Texas. Its population numbers over 1.3 million. San Antonio also has a large metropolitan area, and it is at the center of Bexar County, taking up most of the Western side of Texas.
Like most cities in Texas, there is a definite military presence in San Antonio, and the economy is also centered on military service, as well health care, oil, gas and of course, tourism. San Antonio is home to several Fortune 500 companies: Tesoro Corp, Clear Channel Communications, NuStar Energy and Valero Energy Corp.
Dallas sits at the third of the largest cities in Texas, boasting a population of over 1.2 million people. It is home to both the Cowboys and the Mavericks, both largely competitive teams in the NFL and NBA respectively.
Dallas’ main economic product used to be, and still is, cotton, and has a big market and manufacturing sect for it. Also, engineering is a large part of the economy as well as telecommunications. Dallas can boast housing 12 Fortune 500 companies, as well as many large malls and high-quality shops.
Despite being regarded as the capital city of the state of Texas, Austin comes in as the 4th biggest city in Texas, with its population only over 800-900 thousand. While Dallas holds the sports front of the state, Austin is known more of its music- whether country, rap or R&B, countless musicians come here to try and make it big, or simply step into one of the most significant musical cities.
Despite being a major musical giant, Austin’s economy is also focusing on highly technical industries. In fact, many «companies of the sciences» are laying down groundwork in Austin, and have provided multitudes of job opportunities for its citizens. The sudden boom of the information era has helped Austin grow much bigger than it was in the past.
5. Fort Worth
At 5th, Fort Worth is located in Northern Texas, and has a population of over 700 thousand. The American Airlines Group is located in Fort Forth, as well as a lot of other large companies such as Radio Shack and Bell Helicopter, all residing as top employers for the city. The economy in Fort Worth relies mostly on the bigger companies of technology and medicine.
6. El Paso
El Paso sits at the Western side of Texas, and has a population of just fewer than 700 thousand people. El Paso has a very military vibe to it, and when merged with another Texan City, Las Cruces, holds a population number of over 1 million. El Paso’s economy specializes mostly in military service, trade, oil and gas. Western Refining, a crude oil refiner Fortune 500 company can be found here, and many other Fortune 500 companies also have offices stationed in the area. El Paso’s economy also benefits from the many call centers already established, which is an industry that has been steadily growing throughout the years.
Coming in at 7th, Arlington carries a population of just fewer than 400 thousand, a far cry from the bigger cities such as Houston and San Antonio.
Arlington’s biggest attraction is the Six Flags Over Texas, a huge theme park. Arlington is also the home of Theatre Arlington, one of the biggest theater communities in the entire United States, which gives high quality performances throughout the entire year and offers theatrical lessons to anyone at all ages.
Largest Cities in Texas By Geography
The cities of Texas also have a reasonable amount of land to work with, more so than some other states. Most of these cities are becoming heavily urban, with a higher focus on technology, science and manufacturing as compared to before, where farming and agriculture were the main economic force.
Also the biggest city in Texas by population, Houston dominates the geographical land area as well, taking up approximately 599.6 square miles of space. In terms of tourism, Houston has large sections of areas dedicated to music, theater and history- a prime example is the Bayou Place, a singular building with all forms of entertainment found inside. You can listen to live bands, comedy acts and stage plays at The Bayou Music Center. Houston is also home to Space Center Houston and the city has a huge NASA presence, all of which is explored by media constantly.
2. Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, which is not high on the list of populous cities in Texas, makes up for it in land area. It covers approximately 489.8 square miles with different districts with individual distinctions. While not as largely accommodating as Houston, the city is still popular with tourists, as there are a number of sights to see in the city, with the North Beach being one of the main attractions. There are plenty of museums, and the USS Lexington, which you will find in the 2000 film Pearl Harbor, is located here.
3. San Antonio
San Antonio, which placed second in terms of population, takes up an area of approximately 433.9 square miles. As a tourist destination, San Antonio is most well known for the Alamo, a historical place where the Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836. This is the most popular tourist attraction in the entire state.
Dallas comes in at comes in at 4th, in terms of geography. It has an area of approximately 385.6 square miles, and is one of the biggest urban centers of the state. Among the many tourist attractions of Dallas are: the Dallas Museum of Art, the Texas Theatre, the Cotton Bowl and the AT&T Performing Arts center, as well as the chance to watch one of its many professional sports teams in action.
Austin, at 5th, takes up approximately 307.2 square miles of land. Austin is the city of music in Texas, and a tourist will easily find enjoyment here. It is easily the 2nd fastest growing city, and is becoming a very popular destination point for those in the area. Austin will have many bars, stages for performances and the most music venues in the entire United States.
6. Fort Worth
Fort Worth, the 5th largest city in Texas by population, has an approximate area of 297.8 square miles. The attraction of Fort comes mainly from museums, which are both numerous and of world class quality in the city, including the Amon Carter Museum.
7. El Paso
El Paso covers an area of approximately 277.7 square miles. El Paso’s appeal comes from the large amount of cultural events and festivals that happen annually, such as: the Amigo Airsho, the KLAQ Great River Raft Race, Fiesta de las Flores, the Neon Desert Music Festival and the Cool Canyon Nights.
There is no doubt that in a few years, the numbers might change drastically- however, at this point in time the population in Texas seems to be steadily growing still, with no signs of slowing down. The Lone Star State may be a mainstay as one of the biggest states in America, and will only to continue to grow as the industries become more modern.
The military presence in Texas may continue to be rather dominant, however, there may be a lot more tie in with large hi-tech companies as wealth as health science companies, both of which are growing in the modern world. Texas may attract even more Fortune 500 companies to set up shop there, with the large population and many potential markets and employees, as well as opportunities for expansion. Texas is huge, has a lot of people, and is continuously growing as the years go by.