The saying that everything is bigger in Texas likely originated as a reference to the enormity of the state's geographical area. In terms of square miles, Texas is second only to Alaska in size, and it is the largest of the contiguous 48 states.
Texas is so large that it has more than twice as many square miles as all 10 of the smallest American states combined. Interstate 10, Texas's major east-west corridor, runs almost a third of the length of the nation and takes more than 14 hours to cross. The engulfing size of Texas also means that there is more room for development in Texas. Thus, it is possible for farms, ranches, homes and businesses to be larger in Texas than in some other states. Texas is the second-largest state in terms of land mass as well as in population. This means that there is a higher population density in Texas than in other less-populated and smaller states. The population density of Texas is about on par with the United States norm. Texans are also known for their state pride. Many consider themselves Texans first and Americans second, generating a collective pride in being Texan that contributes to the stereotypical Texas personality.