What explains Texas acquiring such a massive (and rapidly growing) population over the last couple of centuries?

Futurist

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May 2014
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One thing that I find very interesting is the fact that Texas acquired such a massive and rapidly growing population even though its neighboring states didn't. This can be seen by the amount of Representatives in the US House of Representatives (which is apportioned based on US states' population) Texas has right now:



This is a trend that's strongly continuing right now--as evidenced by Texas being projected to gain an additional three seats in the US House of Representatives at other US states' expense (since the total number of seats in the US House of Representatives is currently fixed at 435) after the 2020 US Census:



This pattern already began long before 1991. While Texas barely had any people in 1800, it already acquired a population of almost 17 million by 1990--second to only California and New York during this time (Texas subsequently surpassed New York in population in the 1990s):


The huge population in California and Florida can certainly be explained by the coastline and warm climate there and New York's huge population can be explained by the presence of New York City and its huge metropolitan area there, but what about Texas? I mean, obviously Texas has several huge metropolitan areas--Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio--but what exactly drives people to settle in these specific metropolitan areas (as well as in other parts of Texas) as opposed to metropolitan areas in, say, Louisiana or Arkansas or Oklahoma or Kansas or New Mexico? Indeed, why exactly did Texas acquire such a huge population and such huge metropolitan areas while its neighboring states didn't? Any thoughts on this?
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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For what it's worth, what's interesting is that out of Texas's huge metropolitan areas, only one of them--the Houston metropolitan area--is actually located near the coast:

 

AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
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Jokes apart, the 80% of the population of Texas lives in urban areas. This suggests that one of the reasons of the success of Texas is the quality of its urban areas. This is not obvious. There are enormous urban areas which are simply horrible. To this add that the majority of the population of the state is white European. White Europeans [82.7%] adore wide nice urban areas ...
 
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AlpinLuke

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Italy has a lot of Texans?
Not at all, but Texans have gained a cultural role in Italian culture thanks to Italian movie makers who have worked in US and for American majors.

What's curious is that in Italy Clint Eastwood is known as "the Texan with ice eyes" ... actually he was born in San Francisco!
 
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Futurist

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Jokes apart, the 80% of the population of Texas lives in urban areas. This suggests that one of the reasons of the success of Texas is the quality of its urban areas. This is not obvious. There are enormous urban areas which are simply horrible. To this add that the majority of the population of the state is white European. White Europeans [82.7%] adore wide nice urban areas ...
Huh, what do you know? Texas is one of the more urbanized US states and is almost as urbanized as the Northeastern US is:


In regards to whites, please keep in mind that Texas's total population is actually only something like 45% non-Hispanic white right now. If one includes Hispanic whites, though, then obviously Texas's white percentage is going to be much higher--possibly even higher than 70%.
 

Futurist

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Not at all, but Texans have gained a cultural role in Italian culture thanks to Italian movie makers who have worked in US and for American majors.

What's curious is that in Italy Clint Eastwood is known as "the Texan with ice eyes" ... actually he was born in San Francisco!
Very interesting! :) Is Texan food also widespread in Italy?
 

AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
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Huh, what do you know? Texas is one of the more urbanized US states and is almost as urbanized as the Northeastern US is:


In regards to whites, please keep in mind that Texas's total population is actually only something like 45% non-Hispanic white right now. If one includes Hispanic whites, though, then obviously Texas's white percentage is going to be much higher--possibly even higher than 70%.
The definition "European white" is not equal to "American white" ... here Mediterranean Europeans are white like Germans or Brits ... or Scandinavians ...
 
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