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5 Definitive Reasons Why Texans Absolutely Love Texas

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Why are Texans so darn proud of Texas? Could it be ignorance or delusional thinking? Or could it simply that Texas has plenty of reasons to be proud? Decide for yourself but there are countless reasons to boast, just ask any Texan! Here are five definitive reasons why Texans love Texas.

1. Everything is Bigger in Texas.

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Everything is bigger in Texas. Texas is the largest state in the contiguous United States having a massive area of 268,820 square miles, Texas wins hands down. To help illustrate this fact, the King Ranch is larger than the state of Rhode Island. Texas Economy is just as colossal. According to Business Insider, if the Lone Star State were its own country, it would have the 13th largest GDP in the world!

2. The Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Texas holds one the top rankings in the world for parks and communities (combined) that have been awarded the prestigious International Dark Sky Association certification, second only to the state of Utah. The Texas Parks with the IDA certification are Big Bend National Park, Copper Break State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, South Llano River State Park. The two communities in Texas that excel in their efforts of responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship are the beautiful communities of Drippings Springs and Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

3. Wide Open Spaces

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According to the Texas Almanac, the Lone Star State extends 801 straight-line miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west and takes about 12 hours total drive time, not including stops. Texas has it all; diverse landscapes around every bend. From the Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Rugged cliffs, bluffs, escarpments, marshes, Piney Woods, to the beautiful rolling hills, farmlands, plains, and shorelines. Texas has it all. And speaking of beaches, according to the U. S. National Parks Service, Texas holds the record for the “Longest Stretch of Undeveloped Barrier Island in the World”.

4. Abundant History

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Texas’ rich history makes Texas, well, Texas. Texans will always “Remember the Alamo,” which is the most iconic landmark of Texas. It represents tenacity and the enduring spirit Texans are known for. There are too many famous Texas landmarks to list, such as the San Antonio missions. However, the most notable moment in Texas history when Texas declared its secession from the United States of America in 1861.

5. Texans are loud and proud.

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Texas slogan “Don’t Mess With Texas” says it all. The real meaning is an anti-littering campaign ongoing for more 30 years. Texas is bold in every way but Texans also have many enduring qualities, also. They are protective yet friendly, proud, and independent which is clear due to its rich history and ability to thrive under all circumstances.

Texas’ rich history, landmarks, landscapes, starry nights, and wide open spaces are just a few reasons that Lone Star State is in a league of its own, and there is no place on earth like it.