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Overview

Introduction to Waco, Texas

The Texas city of Waco, county seat of McLennan County, is located in the center of the Texas manufacturing and technology corridor, about 90 miles south of Dallas and 100 miles north of Austin. Sitting along Interstate I-35, the city is serviced by several secondary thoroughfares which include U.S. Routes 77 and 84; and Texas State Highway 6. Waco is the home of Baylor University and the city where the Dr. Pepper soft drink was first established.

Named after the area's first inhabitants, the Huaco Indians, Waco began as a village which didn't take shape until 1849, when surveyor George B. Erath laid out its first streets. In 1856, Waco became incorporated as a city, and by the 1870s became a hub of commerce for the state of Texas with the arrival of several railroad lines. In 1886, Baylor University relocated to the city from Independence, Texas, merging with Waco University. By the turn of the century, Waco had established itself as one of the world's leading producers of cotton. In more recent times, Waco made the news as the site of a 1993 shoot-out claiming the lives of six members of the Davidian cult and four agents of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). A 51-day standoff ensued, culminating in a fire which destroyed the Davidian compound located in Mt. Carmel, near Waco.

Attractions in Waco

One of the largest municipal parks in the state is Waco's Cameron Park, a favorite for visitors who enjoy outdoor recreation such as picnicking, hiking, canoeing and more. Nearby is the Cameron Park Zoo, a natural-habitat zoo which houses dozens of species from around the globe. Located in downtown Waco is RiverSquare Center, a collection of restored warehouses which date back to 1900 and now feature a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping. Other popular attractions in Waco include the following:

  • Dr Pepper Museum: Home of the world's oldest major soft drink contains a replica of the drug store where Dr Pepper was invented.
  • Art Center Waco: Hands-on activities for the kids of all ages.
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame: Interactive displays and exhibits on sports of all types.
  • Mayborn Museum Complex: Features themed discovery rooms.
  • Armstrong Browning Library
  • Homestead Heritage
  • Lake Waco
  • Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas
  • Ranger Wing Of The Commemorative Air Force
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Waco Suspension Bridge

Waco is home to a semi-pro football team, the Waco Thunder. The Thunder compete in the Texas United Football League, which is comprised of over 32 Texas teams. Waco is also home to a professional minor league basketball team. The Waco Wranglers played their inaugural season in 2006-2007 as part of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and will join the United Basketball League (UBL) in 2008. Fans of collegiate sports can root for the Baylor Bears, who play in the NCAA's Division I as members of the Big 12 Conference.

People

Total Population 127,796
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 53,598
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 37.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,712
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,872
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,811

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,219
% Above Poverty Level 70.6%
% Below Poverty Level 29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $747
Median House Value $92,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 7.3%

Waco Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 82 miles S of Fort Worth, Texas
County McLennan
Metro Area Waco
Standard Zip Codes 76701, 76704, 76705, 76706, 76707, 76708, 76710, 76711, 76712
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76702, 76703, 76714, 76715, 76716, 76798
Company Zip Codes 76795, 76797, 76799
Phone Area Codes 254
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.549
Longitude -97.146

Waco Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WACO DAM
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 96 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station MCGREGOR
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Station WHITNEY DAM
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 35 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Waco, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bosqueville (76708)

Lacy Lakeview (76705)

Northcrest (76705)

Rock Creek (76708)

Speegleville (76710)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellmead 10,052 $36,341
Beverly Hills 1,579 $36,780
Golinda 440 $51,875
Hewitt 13,905 $73,299

Waco Public Libraries

Library
Waco-mclennan County Library
1717 AUSTIN AVE
Waco, Texas
(254) 750-5941
Library Web Site

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Waco Hospitals

HILLCREST BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3000 HERRING
(254) 202-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

PROVIDENCE HEALTHCARE NETWORK
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
6901 MEDICAL PARKWAY
(254) 751-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System - Waco VA Medical Center
(VA)
4800 Memorial Drive
(254) 752-6581 or (800) 423-2111
Emergency Service:

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Waco High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WACO H S
2020 N 42ND ST
254-776-1150
A Title I School.
Serves 1,952 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

MIDWAY H S
1205 FOUNDATION DR
254-761-5650
Serves 1,868 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

UNIVERSITY H S
2600 BAGBY
254-756-1843
A Title I School.
Serves 1,163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

MIDWAY INT
1205 FOUNDATION DR
254-761-5690
Serves 876 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

CONNALLY HIGH SCHOOL
900 N LACY DR
254-799-5565
Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

LA VEGA H S
555 N LOOP 340
254-799-4951
Serves 658 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

A J MOORE ACAD
500 N UNIV PARKS
254-753-6486
A Title I School.
Serves 653 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

LAKE WACO MONTESSORI MAGNET
3005 EDNA
254-752-5951
A Title I School.
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

BOSQUEVILLE SCHOOL SECONDARY
7636 ROCK CREEK RD
254-752-8513
A Title I School.
Serves 275 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

STARS HIGH SCHOOL
3320 W WACO DR
254-750-3922
A Non-traditional School
Serves 141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 44.1

WACO ISD ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL)
805 S 8TH ST
254-757-3829
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON RD
254-756-7211
A Non-traditional School
Serves 63 students.

METHODIST HOME BOYS RANCH
1111 HERRING AVE
254-799-2434
A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.

LAKEVIEW ACADEMY
301 N LAKEVIEW
254-412-5558
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
3805 S 3RD ST
254-754-0803
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

SUCCESS PROGRAM
901 MAXFIELD
254-799-9709
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

OPPORTUNITY LEARNING CTR
6301 SYLVIA ST
254-753-3422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

RBEC OPPORTUNITY LEARNING CENTER
PO BOX 1970
254-753-3422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

J J A E P
501 FRANKLIN
254-755-9420
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
3805 S 3RD ST
254-754-0803
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.

ALTER ED SCHOOL
2601 FRANKLIN AVE
254-753-3422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.

LORENA - RBEC
2601 FRANKLIN
254-753-3422
A Special Education School
Serves 4 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON ST
254-840-2828
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

BILL LOGUE JUVENILE DETENTION CENT
1200 CLIFTON ST
254-799-4963
Serves 2 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON RD
254-412-0326
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
3805 S 3RD ST
254-754-0803
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON RD
254-836-1115
A Special Education School
Serves 1 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON RD
254-857-3239
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

CHALLENGE ACADEMY
1200 CLIFTON RD
254-863-5301
A Special Education School
Serves 1 students.

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