A byword for independence and pride, this state was once a fully independent republic.
Although associated with ideas of “desert”, Texas, in reality, has less than 10% of its territory so designated. It has a significant Spanish/Mexican cultural legacy arising from its diverse history.
Texas is the 2nd largest state after Alaska. 28.7 million people call Texas "home," which means the Lonestar State is second in terms of population in the US. The sheer size of the state, however, means it only ranks 26th for population density.
Originally the economy was heavily focused on cattle, ranching, cotton and timber. From WWII onwards, oil became increasingly important. Wealth has driven diversification of the economy, and manufacturing and high-tech research are currently growing industries. The state has also benefited from southward business migration to the “Sun Belt” that began in the later 20th century.
Texas has an average rate of 3.38 for violent crime per 1,000 and an average rate of 24.97 for property crime per 1,000.
Figures indicate that household income in Texas at $59,000 is close to the national average. Per capita income at nearly $30,000 is slightly below US national averages. The state’s crime statistics place it approximately around national averages. Specifically:
- It’s the 19th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
- Violent crime is at 3.38 crimes per 1,000 and is fractionally below (ratio 0.98) the national average of 3.47.
- The state’s property crime levels are significantly below national averages, being 24.97 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.62.
The safest areas statistically in Texas are:
- Memorial Villages
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