Everything is Bigger in Texas

The saying that everything is bigger in Texas likely originated as a reference to the enormity of the state's geographical area. In terms of square miles, Texas is second only to Alaska in size, and it is the largest of the contiguous 48 states.

So I was curious what other things are bigger in Texas.  The internet is a wonderful thing and you believe everything that is on the internet, right?  So, let’s have a little fun.

A few things that I found that are bigger in Texas:

BBQ: If you want brisket, sausage, and pork ribs, there is one state that rises above all others: Texas.

Texas Brisket

Population: Texas has 6 of the 15 fastest growing cities in America. Frisco, New Braunfels, McKinney, Cedar Park, Conroe and Round Rock all made the list.

While the six Texas cities listed are the fastest-growing in the state, other cities experienced greater total growth overall — to the point that they are “among those that have added the most people this decade,” according to the Census Bureau.

Five of the nation’s largest cities are in Texas, starting with Houston at No. 4, then No. 7 San Antonio, No. 9 Dallas, No. 11 Austin and No. 13 Forth Worth.

Taken together, Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio added 933,600 people, from 2010 to 2019. [Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram]

Football: From high school Friday night lights to College rivalries and competition. In Texas we love everything about Football. Since COVID-19 Football this year is different. From masks to social distancing and a half capacity stadium.

Commercial Real Estate: Texas tops the U.S. in Commercial Building impact and jobs. Commercial real estate added more than $54 billion to the state's economy in 2019.

Commercial Real Estate Construction Cranes

Oil and cattle have long been the touchstones of Texas business.

But real estate also generates big bucks for the Lone Star State.

Each year, NAIOP measures nationwide commercial real estate investment and construction and makes estimates about how much it contributes in money and jobs around the country.

In 2019, investment and development of office, industrial, warehouse and retail buildings and the like supported 9.2 million American jobs and contributed $1.14 trillion to the U.S. GDP. That’s up from 8.3 million jobs in 2018 and an economic contribution of $1 trillion. [Source: Dallas Morning News]

Those are just a few things that are bigger in Texas.

August 2, 2016

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