12 Facts About Texas

1. In 1901, the true potential of Texas was realized when an oil well blew.

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2. On June 28, 1919, Texas became the first state to approve the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, winning women the right to vote in national elections.

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3. From that time on, the Comanche in Texas became a force to be reckoned with.

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4. Texas has the highest number of Airports than any other state in the United States.

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5. Texas has the seventh highest birth rate in the United States, with nearly 400,000 babies born each year.

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6. Texas has over 1,000 school districts; all districts except the Stafford Municipal School District are independent from municipal government and many cross city boundaries.

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7. Texas has known petroleum deposits of about 5 billion barrels, which makes up about one-fourth of the known US reserves.

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8. Texas has the most farms and the highest acreage in the United States.

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9. Texas has the joint-highest number of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the United States, along with California.

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10. In 1940, Texas was 74 percent Anglo, 14.4 percent black, and 11.5 percent Hispanic.

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11. Texas has 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers, with the Rio Grande as the largest.

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12. Texas has led the US in state export revenue since 2002, and has the second-highest gross state product.

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