Texas’ climate attracts northern “snowbirds” in the winter and retirees all year-round. The climate varies from subtropical in the Rio Grande valley to continental temperate in the panhandle. Mountains (elevation 7,835 ft) in the western Big Bend country draw hikers, campers and fishermen, and the Gulf Coast hosts all kinds of water sports.
Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, all with over 1,000,000 residents, have fine cuisine, night life, music, museums and professional sports on a par with any city in the United States. The vast Texas economy is based on manufacturing, agriculture and mining. Spanish settlers from Mexico arrived here in the 17th century. Texas was an independent republic in 1836 and became the 28th state in 1845. It seceded and joined the Confederacy in 1861.
Some Texas statistics:
Percentage of People Age 65 or Better; 10%
Percentage of People with High School Degree (age 25 or older): 23%
Percentage of People with College Degree: 23%
Median Household Income: $50,000
Language Other than English Spoken in the Home: 30%
Taxes Social Security? No