Texas vs California - a comparison

Texas area - about 269,000 square miles (696,000 square kilometers) Texas is the second largest state in the US by area after Alaska.

California area - 164,000 square miles (424,000 square kilometers) California is the third largest state in the US by area.


Population of Texas - over 30 million

Population of California - over 39 million


Capital of Texas - Austin (population - about 965,000)

Capital of California - Sacramento (population - about 525,000)

Largest city

Largest city in Texas - Houston (population - about 2.3 million)

Largest city in California - Los Angeles (population - about 3.9 million)

Guadalupe peak is the highest natural point in Texas. The peak has an elevation of 8,751 feet (2,667 meters). Mount Whitney is the highest natural point in California. Mount Whitney has an elevation of 14,494 ft (4,418 meters).

Texas has the second largest GDP among all states in the US. California has the highest GDP in the US.

Border length with Mexico

Texas - 1,240 miles (1,995 km) California - 140 miles (225 km)

Texas became the 28th state of the United States on December 29, 1845. California became the 31st state of the United States on September 9, 1850.

Texas has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico. California has a long 840 miles (1,350 km) coastline with the Pacific Ocean.

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