Texas Triangle

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Texas Triangle Megaregion
Megaregion of the U.S.
Houston
Houston
Dallas
Dallas
San Antonio
San Antonio
Country

 United States


State(s) Flag of Texas.svg Texas
Population 17,745,584 (2,010) [1]

The Texas Triangle is one of eleven megaregions in the United States. These are urban areas that are much greater in scale than a metropolitan statistical area (MSA), defined by the US Census Bureau. These regions also are known as megapolitan areas. This term is derived from the fact that the three main cities in the Texas Triangle are connected by a highway system of Interstate 45, Interstate 10, and Interstate 35, which form a triangle when connected.

In 2004, the Texas Triangle contained 5 of the 20 biggest cities in the US, and was home to more than 70% of all Texans (pop 13.8 million).[2] In the next 40 years, the population of the Texas Triangle has been projected to grow more than 65%[by whom?], or an additional ten million people, leading to 78% of Texans living and working within the Texas Triangle. From a resident's perspective, the Triangle is gradually becoming synonymous with Texas.[3]

The Triangle is anchored by the metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. Additional MSAs in the region include Bryan-College Station, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, and Waco. Twelve micropolitan statistical areas are within the Triangle, which includes 66 counties.[4] Sometimes, Beaumont, located east of Houston, has been considered part of the Texas Triangle. Burleson County is the center of the Texas Triangle.

Sizable metro areas in Texas outside the Triangle are Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo, Laredo, Amarillo, and the Rio Grande Valley, which developed according to different histories and geographies.

The megaregion is defined in work by "America 2050" and others. Dr. Robert Lang of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech characterized Dallas-Fort Worth as one of the earliest recognized megapolitans. Although each city is distinct, Dallas and Fort Worth developed closely enough to form the urban area widely known as "The Metroplex." A conference about the future of the Texas Triangle was held by Houston Tomorrow and America 2050 on September 24–25, 2009 in Houston.

The 60,000-square-mile (160,000 km2) region contains most of the state's largest cities and metropolitan areas, and in 2008 had a total of 17 million people, nearly 75 percent of Texas' total population.[5] The region is comparable to Florida in population and comparable to Georgia in area. But, the Texas triangle comprises less than a quarter of Texas's total land area.

According to the University of Texas at Austin Center for Sustainable Development, "the Texas Triangle has three sides measuring 271, 198, and 241 miles in ground distance."[6]

Metropolitan areas[edit]

Image of the Texas Triangle at night from the International Space Station

Micropolitan areas[edit]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston leads rapid Texas Triangle Megaregion growth - Houston Tomorrow". houstontomorrow.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "The Simple Economics of the Texas Triangle - Houston Business, Jan. 2004 - FRB Dallas". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ Regional Plan Association (2008). America 2050: An Infrastructure Vision for 21st Century America. New York, NY: Regional Plan Association.
  4. ^ http://www.texastriangle.biz/2009/02/megas-metros-micros.html[dead link]
  5. ^ Neuman, Michael; Elise Bright (May 2008). "Texas Urban Triangle: Framework for Future Growth". SWUTC/08/167166-1. Texas A&M University System. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ Kent Butler; Sara Hammerschmidt, Frederick Steiner, Ming Zhang (2009). "Defining The Region" (pdf). Reinventing the Texas Triangle. Center for Sustainable Development, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. p. 5. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  7. ^ a b Current Lists of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Definitions - U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Retrieved March 16, 2008.

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Coordinates: 30°40′N 96°50′W / 30.66°N 96.84°W / 30.66; -96.84