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14 incredible facts about Texas

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 01 Nov 2015


They say everything's bigger in Texas, and we're here to show you it's true.If the Lone Star State were its own country, it would have the 12th-highest GDP in the world.Some of that growth is attributed to Texas' bustling energy businesses, which has been front and center over the past year with the lower oil prices.With that in mind, take a close looker at the inner workings of this major economy below.SEE ALSO:Wall Street's brightest minds reveal the most important charts in the worldTexas has enough crude oil reserves to fill up almost 1,588 Empire State Buildings.Texas has 10.47 billion barrels of crude-oil reserves, or 439.740 billion gallons. This is 31.4% of the US's reserves.The Empire State Building's volume is 37 million cubic feet, or 276,779,000 gallons.Source: US Energy Information AdministrationThere are enough registered machine guns in Texas to arm every student enrolled at Harvard and Dartmouth.There are 28,690 registered machine guns in Texas.There are about 21,000 students enrolled at Harvard and 6,298 students enrolled at Dartmouth.Source: My San AntonioThirty-five North Dakotas would still have fewer businesses than Texas.There are 2,164,852 firms in Texas.There are 61,546 in North Dakota.Source: US CensusSee the rest of the story at Business Insider
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