It's no secret Texas is enormous. And we Texans take a ton of pride in just how big our state is. You won't find a group of people more prideful than Texans, be it about the size or our state, our economy, our barbecue, the Dallas Cowboys and many other things.

But digging in to just exactly how big Texas is ... I found a few things that were pretty eye-opening. Here are a few facts that caught me by surprise, but just made me love Texas all the more.

  • Where we are in Tyler, Texas, is closer to Atlanta, Georgia, than we are to El Paso, Texas.
  • Other places in the United States that Tyler is closer to than El Paso include Kansas City, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Panama City, Fla.; and Omaha, Neb.
  • El Paso is closer to San Diego than it is to Tyler.
  • Texas covers more than 268,000 square miles, which is more than 7.4 percent of the entire surface area of the United States.
  • Brewster County in Texas covers 6,208 square miles, which makes the county itself larger than Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and nearly 10 times the size of Washington, D.C.
  • King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, is nearly the size of Rhode Island.
  • Corpus Christi is closer to Cuba than it is to Denver.
  • The longest straight-line distance from North to South in Texas is 801 miles.

A user on the social site Reddit made this awesome map that shows areas around Texas that are within 791 miles of our state. So, everything in red is actually closer to Texas than it is from the northern tip of Texas to its southern trip.

Mind = blown. God bless Texas.