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With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century.
As of 2015, it is second on the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with 54. in state export revenue since 2002, and has the second-highest gross state product.
) is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.
Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.
The Gulf Coastal Plains region wraps around the Gulf of Mexico on the southeast section of the state.
These Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks underlie most of the state, and are exposed in three places: Llano uplift, Van Horn, and the Franklin Mountains, near El Paso.
The term "six flags over Texas" refers to several nations that have ruled over the territory.
Spain was the first European country to claim the area of Texas. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming an independent Republic. The state's annexation set off a chain of events that led to the Mexican–American War in 1846.
The vast geographic, economic, and cultural diversity within the state itself prohibits easy categorization of the whole state into a recognized region of the United States.
Notable extremes range from East Texas which is often considered an extension of the Deep South, to Far West Texas which is generally acknowledged to be part of the interior Southwest.
The Texas Panhandle has an eastern border with Oklahoma at 100° W, a northern border with Oklahoma at 36°30' N and a western border with New Mexico at 103° W.