In 2000, Texas became the second-largest state in population when it surpassed New York. The 22.8 percent population increase in Texas, as compared to a national average of 13.2, meant a larger delegation to the U.S. Congress. An enhancement of national political power occurred in the "Southern Rim," as political scientists refer to those Sunbelt states from Georgia and Florida westward to Clark County, Nevada, and the ten counties of southern California.
As this trend continues, a major shift in national politics will occur. Texas, with a delegation in size second to California, stands to play a larger role in national politics than ever before.
Largest Cities in Texas History
1850 - Galveston
1900 - San Antonio
1950 - Houston
2000 - Houston
Texas: A Historical Atlas
History and American West Titles