According to Economist Mark Dotzour of College Station, a decade long boom in single-family house construction and a likely comeback for the energy business will extend an already longer-than-average U.S. economic expansion.

Texas is second in population with an estimated 27,469,114 residents. Based on numbers from 2015, the state’s population saw and increase of 9.24 percent since the 2010 census. The top employer is Texas A&M University, in fact, the state is home to 208 colleges and universities. Texas A&M is followed closely by Shell Deepwater Development Inc., MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dell. The top industries are agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences.