West Texas is home to Canyon, a quiet, friendly college town with a reasonable cost of living and the most well attended outdoor drama in the country.
When German elites fled oppressive political and social conditions in the mid-1800s, some of them came to the Texas Hill Country in south central Texas and founded Fredericksburg, which was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia.
Horseshoe Bay is a pretty town on the southern banks of popular Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the seven Highland Lakes, in central Texas. It is home to Horseshoe Bay Resort and only incorporated as a city in 2005.
With a lush riverfront locale, New Braunfels beckons with its welcoming spirit, unique heritage and reasonable cost of living. It is a great retirement spot!
Settled in the 1850s by a German immigrant, Pflugerville is a comfortable, wholesome bedroom community and lands on "best places to live" lists.
On Aransas Bay on the Texas Gulf Coast, Rockport is a funky, low key tourist destination known for its clean beaches and outstanding fishing waters. Is it a great place to retire?
Friendly and unpretentious, Wichita Falls was built on oil money and sits under a giant sky. It is home to Sheppard Air Force Base and a small college.
Nestled amid cypress trees and bluebonnets, sleepy Wimberley boasts a gentle charm, an artsy sensibility and an easygoing pace. The town square is quaint and touristy. Neighborhoods are peppered with pecan trees. Modern day stresses seem far away. All of which make Wimberley a great retirement spot!
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the United States. It is estimated that 70% of the population lives within 200 miles of Austin, the capital city.
Houston is the largest city, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster. The state is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined.
The historical people of Texas include members of the Native American tribes of Apache, Choctaw, Tonkawa and Hasinai. When Texas became the 28th state of the United States (1845), it adopted the official flag called the Lone Star Flag. Symbols include the Bluebonnet - the state flower.
Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest. The state has nearly 24,000 farms, 90 mountains a mile or more high and is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, oil, wool, cotton, watermelons and rice. It also has the most airports of any state in the nation and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture has a blend of of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.
Famous natives and residents include Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.
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