Have you thought about pursuing graduate programs in Texas? This state is the second most populous state and the second largest in the country. Texas was given the nickname the “Lone Star State”, to represent its struggle for independence from Mexico in 1836 before becoming a part of the US in 1845 as the 28th state. The state of Texas consists of several different landforms. Although Texas is located in the far south of the US, desert only makes up less than 10 percent of its land surface. Most of the state’s population resides near prairies, forests, grasslands, and coastlines. Texas is the nation’s top producer of wool and is known to have more farm land than anywhere else in the country. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas are four of the state’s major cities.i
Austin, located in Central Texas, is the state’s capital and its fourth largest city. In 2013, Austin was ranked #14 on the Forbes list for Best Places for Business and Careers right below Dallas which was #13 on the same list. Austin is also known as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, having more than 200 live music venues. Houston is the state’s largest city and the 4th most populous in the US. Its economy strives on various industrial sectors like aeronautics, manufacturing, and transportation. The city’s community is a combination of different ethnic groups making it a very diverse. San Antonio is the state’s second largest city and is home to six Fortune 500 companies. The city’s economy is centered in health care, financial services, oil and gas, and tourism. Tourist attractions to see in this city are SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park, the Cathedral of San Fernando and the tower of the Americas. Dallas is a major transportation hub with four interstate highways throughout the city which contribute to its strong industrial and financial development. The city is also home to the Dallas/fort Worth International airport, which is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.ii
Does Texas sound like a nice place to study? If so, you may want to pursue your graduate degree options in the area.