The lowest point in Texas is sea level at in the southeastern part of the state along the Gulf of Mexico. The highest point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak at an elevation over 8,700 feet.
Texas covers a total area over 268,000 square miles, making it the largest of the 48 contiguous states. Only the state of Alaska is larger than Texas. Texas borders the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The capital of Texas is Austin, while the largest city is Houston. Texas had a population approaching 26.5 million people as of 2013, making it the second most populous state.