Texas is the second largest U.S. state behind Alaska and is approximately 750 miles wide and 790 miles long. Its total area is 261,797 square miles. This is about 7 percent of the total area of the United States.
Texas is larger than the 15 smallest states combined. If Texas were a country, it would be the 40th largest country out of the approximately 200 countries in the world. In addition to being large in actual size, Texas also has a large population. Only California has more inhabitants than Texas. The population of Texas is approximately 23 million people, as of 2014.