The state needs rural Texas, needs to start planning Posted in: Opinions Iconic ranches, farms and small towns sustain about three million Texans — a population larger than the City of Houston. The sense of community, plentiful open space and great quality of life — all found in places like West Texas and the Panhandle — have sustained families for generations. We also power ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!