The capital of Texas is Austin. Because the state possesses enormous amounts of natural resources, it is a major agricultural state and an industrial giant. Only second to Alaska in land area, it is a leader in oil, cattle, sheep and cotton. Texan ranches also produce poultry and eggs, dairy products, greenhouse and nursery products, wheat, hay, rice, sugar cane, peanuts and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The state's most valuable resources include sulfur, salt, helium, asphalt, graphite, bromine, natural gas, cement, and clays. Chemicals, oil refining and transportation equipment are among Texas' major manufacturing industries.
Governor: Rick Perry
Largest cities: Houston