No matter where you live, you’ve heard it a million times: Everything’s bigger in Texas. And a million times, a little voice in your head said, Is it? Like, is this a case of Texas saying something a lot and hoping that it’ll someday be true?
Some things are just too hard to measure, like hair height. So we’ll just have to give you that one because you lovely Texas ladies do love your big hair. But there are a lot of things that can be very precisely measured, and it turns out they are bigger in the Lone Star State. But they’re not all things you necessarily want to be bigger.
Let’s get this out of the way: Texas is a huge chunk of land. It’s the second-largest state at 268,596 square miles (695,660 square kilometers) behind only Alaska. That equates to 7.4 percent of the total area of the United States. Texas has double the square miles of the 10 smallest states combined. You can fit a good number of East Coast states plus Hawaii inside Texas. Outside the United States, Texas is twice the size of Germany… read more >