You can’t get there from here

Ask a few Texans, and chances are you won’t find a strict consensus about what counts as the region of West Texas.

Some draw a line from Wichita Falls down to Abilene and then Del Rio to mark the west-east boundary of the state. Others go by a map of where oak tree growth stops to find where West Texas begins. Then, there are those who exclude the northern Panhandle entirely and look at just what’s west of the Pecos River. While the region’s exact borders might be up for debate, it conservatively covers 30 counties, five major metro areas, and nearly 40,000 square miles—about the size of Indiana.

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