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Texas is a state in the south central United States. It is the second largest state, after Alaska; and it is the second most populous state, after California. In 2015, it had 27,469,114 people.
The state capital is Austin, but the largest city is Houston, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The second largest city is Dallas, in the northeast part of the state near the Oklahoma border.
Texas is a large state, including the area north of the Rio Grande border with Mexico, and the southern Great Plains. Its border is along the Rio Grande, the Gulf of Mexico (up to the Louisiana border), along the Louisiana border and a small part of the Arkansas border to the Red River, which is also the border with Oklahoma. Its panhandle, which sticks into the north, also borders Oklahoma on its east and north and New Mexico on its west, New Mexico marking the west border of Texas.
Texas was once its own country, though it later became a state after the U.S. Civil War.