Texas is one of the most populous states in the US. Its 10 largest cities include San Antonio and Houston. But the Lone Star State has many other large municipalities and some of the best cities in the country by standards of living. Typically associated with farming, the state of Texas still has plenty of cities that can be considered large by national standards.
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Population – 2.3m
Houston is the largest city in Texas with a population of over 2 million. It can be one of the most attractive urban locations for that outside of the state. It is estimated that almost 20% of the residents are not born in the US. But most of them integrate very well through common activities such as sports, which has strong teams in Houston.
The city also has an interesting arts scene. The Houston Theatre District is an interesting area. It has 9 theatre performing arts groups in an area of just a few thousand square feet. You can check all performances influenced by both North and South America here.
2. San Antonio
Population – 1.5m
San Antonio is the second-largest city in the state of Texas. As a major military and sports city, it can be said that San Antonio encourages an active lifestyle. High standards of living and high wages make it an interesting place to live.
But you can also easily visit San Antonio with its attractions. For outdoor activities, you can simply walk the River Walk to get some fresh air and to stop for a cup of coffee or a quick lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. The San Fernando Cathedral is also a place of interest as the city has a large percentage of Hispanics of the Catholic faith.
Population – 1.3m
Dallas has been initially a city that was living from farming and the trading of livestock. Since its humble beginnings, it has managed to diversify its economy further. Entertainment, energy, and financial services are now growing in the city.
It all started when AT&T decided to move its headquarters to Dallas. Exxon Mobile, Vistra Energy, and even Atmos Energy moved here. This is what prompted so many people from the state and from outside the state.
It was in 2015 that Dallas saw all of these merits finally recognized by someone that matters. Forbes Magazine called it the ‘place to be’ when it comes to setting up a company or when it comes to finding a good job.
Population – 978.000
Austin is the third-largest city in the state. It attracts people from all over the country for its excellent facilities and low housing costs. It can be smaller than Dallas, but it also has excellent employment opportunities. You can work in the military if you live in Austin. But tech giants also have a strong presence here. Blizzard, AMD, Apple, eBay, PayPal, and HostGator are often taking on new staff in Austin.
5. Fort Worth
Population – 909.000
Fort Worth is a growing Texas city with a population of nearly 1 million. It represents a strong potential for economic growth right behind the state’s most populous cities. Radio Shak and American Airlines have headquarters here. You can even visit the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum here. If you’re after unique urban architecture, you need to stop by the Fort Worth Water Gardens. This unique fountain makes this large Texas city a bit more bearable during the high summer heat.
6. El Paso
Population – 681.000
El Paso enjoys great popularity in the media through its featuring in Hollywood movies. It has multiple annual events that seem unique in comparison to other Texas cities. For example, you can see the KLAQ Great River Raft Race here every year. It also hosts one of the largest Hispanic festivals in the South. Fiesta de las Flores takes place here every year. It has multiple live events, shopping opportunities, military-inspired events, as well as multiple live music events. This is why it usually attracts up to 30.000 visitors from all around the state.
Population – 398.000
Arlington is a large city in Texas with excellent leisure activities and economic prospects. You can see a live game of Texas Rangers or Dallas Cowboys here. The economic prospects of the city are also good. There’s a General Motors plant here that has growth potential. The University of Texas is also a large employer in Arlington. Six Flags theme park also employs thousands in the city.
8. Corpus Christi
Population – 326.000
The city of Corpus Christi benefits from the largest inland port in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the main reason it has a strong military presence here. There are more than 6.000 locals that are employed by the army in Corpus Christi. But the city also offers excellent oil resources and a fine selection of tourist attractions. The city is near King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the world with a total surface of thousands of square miles. It’s an excellent resource for the state’s food industry.
Population – 287.000
Plano is a growing town in Texas that isn’t as popular as Austin but which still has a good economy. Its residents can work for some of the largest employers which have a city presence. Capital One Finance employs more than 5.000 people in Plano. DXC B-2-B employs thousands as well. Bank of America Loans and Toyota employ more than 5.000 Plano residents as well. Red Bee Media telecom giant also employs thousands in Plano.
Population – 262.000
The city of Laredo is the 10th largest in the state of Texas. It sits right on the Mexican border and it represents one of the largest municipalities situated at the Southern US border. It has the largest land entrance to the US and it plays a pivotal role for those crossing into North America from Central and Southern America. The city’s residents mostly speak Spanish judging by the number of Spanish-printed newspapers.