Texas, the largest state in contiguous USA, is located in the South Central part of the country. It is bounded by Oklahoma, across the Red River except in the Texas panhandle (N); Arkansas (NE); Louisiana, across the Sabine River (E); the Gulf of Mexico (SE); Mexico, across the Rio Grande River (SW) and New Mexico (W).
The 28th U.S. state, Texas joined the United States in 1845. Its postal abbreviation is TX .
The state name derives from a word in a Caddoan language of the Hasinai, táysha (or tejas), meaning friends or allies. Spanish explorers mistakenly applied the word to the people and their location.
Population of Texas was 25,145,581 according to the 2010 census.
With an area of 267,338 sq miles (692,405 sq km) Texas is the second largest U.S. state.
Current time now in Time Zone: America Chicago (USA Central Time)
The Eastern part of Texas (most of Texas) is in the Central Time Zone in the United States. Central Standard Time (CST) is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-6.
A small portion of western part of Texas is in the Mountain Time Zone in the United States. Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-7). See El Paso, Texas
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