Texas at a Glance
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Texas is not only the second most populous state, it is the fastest- growing state over the last decade. As a result, we are adding four new congressional seats – more than any other state.
- Texas contains 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state.
- Over fifty Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Texas.1
- In these times of economic uncertainty and bloated spending, Texas has several billion dollars set aside in its Economic Stabilization Fund.
- If Texas were a country, it would be the 13th largest economy in the world, with a GDP of $1.2 trillion.2
- In 2010, Texas led the nation in exports with totals of more than $206.6 billion.3
- The Port of Houston is the largest port in the United States, based on foreign waterborne tonnage and imports.4
1 Forbes Fortune 500, http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/ states/TX.html
2 EconPost, http://econpost.com/unitedstateseconomy/largest-state-gdps-united-states
3 Houston Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2011/02/18/ perry-touts-low-taxes-as-reason-for.html
4 The Port of Houston Authority, http://www.portofhouston.com/geninfo/overview1. html