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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population130,659
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens11.5%
Employed Population 16+55,200
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married36.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.2%
Median Earnings25+$27,071
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,184
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,582

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,190
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone32.6%
Median Gross Rent$770
Median House Value$98,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.1%
German10.1%
Irish7.4%
English5.3%
Italian1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Scottish1.6%
Czech1%
Polish0.8%
African0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Waco Almanac

CategoryValue
County McLennan County, Mclennan County
Standard Zip Codes76701, 76707, 76708, 76710, 76798, 76704, 76706, 76705, 76711, 76712
P.O. Box Zip Codes76702, 76703, 76714, 76715, 76716
Company Zip Codes76797, 76799
Phone Area Codes254
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.55
Approximate Longitude-97.14

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)

StationWACO DAM
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp74 to 96 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationMCGREGOR
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches
StationWHITNEY DAM
Distance24.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip35 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellmead10,159$47,073
Beverly Hills1,828$37,266
Golinda448$50,938
Hewitt14,128$74,057
Robinson11,344$80,395

Waco Public Libraries

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

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Waco Hospitals

Doris Miller Department Of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
4800 Memorial Dr
Depaul Center
(Non-profit)
6901 Medical Parkway
(254) 776-5970
Providence Health Center
(Non-profit)
6901 Medical Parkway
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center-er
(Non-profit)
100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd
(254) 202-9100
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3000 Herring Avenue

Waco Public Schools

Axtell/bruceville-eddy Learning Center
2601 Franklin
ZIP: 76701
(254) 863-5301
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Brazos H S
500 N University Parks Dr
ZIP: 76701
(254) 754-6283
High
Total Enrollment 199
Indian Spring Middle
500 N University Parks Dr
ZIP: 76701
(254) 754-5491
Middle
Total Enrollment 579
Axtell/bruceville-eddy Learning Center
2601 Franklin Ave
ZIP: 76703
(254) 753-3422
High
Total Enrollment 8
Audre And Bernard Rapoport Academy
2000 J J Flewellen Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 799-4191
Primary
Total Enrollment 202
Bill Logue Detention Center
2601 Gholson Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 754-0803
Other
Total Enrollment 28
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 754-0803
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 799-7278
Other
Total Enrollment 2
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 876-2523
Other
Total Enrollment 2
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 412-0326
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 863-5301
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 896-5000
Challenge Academy
1200 Clifton St
ZIP: 76704
(254) 753-2423
G L Wiley Opportunity Center
1030 E Live Oak St
ZIP: 76704
(254) 757-3829
Other
Total Enrollment 77
G W Carver Middle
1601 J J Flewellen Rd
ZIP: 76704
(254) 757-0787
Middle
Total Enrollment 473
J H Hines El
301 Garrison St
ZIP: 76704
(254) 753-1362
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Paul And Jane Meyer Public H S
1020 Elm Ave
ZIP: 76704
(254) 754-2288
High
Total Enrollment 161
Quinn Campus Public Middle
1020 Elm St Bldg 100
ZIP: 76704
(254) 754-8000
Middle
Total Enrollment 219
Connally El
300 Cadet Way
ZIP: 76705
(254) 750-7170
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Connally High School
900 N Lacy Dr
ZIP: 76705
(254) 296-6700
High
Total Enrollment 660
Gholson School
137 Hamilton Dr
ZIP: 76705
(254) 829-1528
Other
Total Enrollment 248
Hallsburg School
2313 Hallsburg Rd
ZIP: 76705
(254) 875-2331
Primary
Total Enrollment 159
La Vega El
3100 Wheeler St
ZIP: 76705
(254) 799-1721
Primary
Total Enrollment 702
La Vega H S
555 N Loop 340
ZIP: 76705
(254) 799-4951
High
Total Enrollment 745
La Vega Int H P Miles Campus
4201 Williams Rd
ZIP: 76705
(254) 799-5553
Middle
Total Enrollment 662
La Vega J H George Dixon Campus
4401 Orchard Ln
ZIP: 76705
(254) 799-2428
Middle
Total Enrollment 451
La Vega Pri
4400 Harrison
ZIP: 76705
(254) 799-6229
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Alta Vista El
3637 Alta Vista Dr
ZIP: 76706
(254) 662-3050
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Bell's Hill El
2100 Ross
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-4171
Primary
Total Enrollment 816
Bill Logue Detention Center
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Cesar Chavez Middle
700 S 15th St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 750-3736
Middle
Total Enrollment 910
Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Other
Total Enrollment 6
Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Mclennan Co Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 754-0803
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Mclennan County Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 829-1528
Mclennan County Challenge Academy
3805 S 3rd St
ZIP: 76706
(254) 875-2331
South Waco El
2104 Gurley Ln
ZIP: 76706
(254) 753-6802
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
University H S
3201 S New Rd
ZIP: 76706
(254) 756-1843
Other
Total Enrollment 1610
Dean Highland El
3300 Maple
ZIP: 76707
(254) 752-3751
Primary
Total Enrollment 762
Provident Heights El
2415 Bosque Blvd
ZIP: 76707
(254) 750-3930
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Waco Charter School
615 N 25th St
ZIP: 76707
(254) 754-8169
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
West Avenue El
1101 N 15th St
ZIP: 76707
(254) 750-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Bosqueville El
7636 Rock Creek Rd
ZIP: 76708
(254) 752-6006
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Bosqueville H S
7636 Rock Creek Rd
ZIP: 76708
(254) 757-3113
High
Total Enrollment 192
Bosqueville Middle
7636 Rock Creek Rd
ZIP: 76708
(254) 757-3113
Middle
Total Enrollment 128
Brook Avenue El
720 Brook Ave
ZIP: 76708
(254) 750-3562
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
Cedar Ridge El
2115 Meridian Ave
ZIP: 76708
(254) 756-1241
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Challenge Academy
2015 Alexander Ave
ZIP: 76708
(254) 754-0803
Other
Total Enrollment 20
Challenge Academy
2015 Alexander Ave
ZIP: 76708
(254) 754-0803
China Spring Int
4001 Flat Rock Rd
ZIP: 76708
(254) 759-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 555
Methodist Children's Home
1111 Herring Ave
ZIP: 76708
(254) 644-9111
High
Total Enrollment 117
Premier H S Of Waco
4720 N 19th St
ZIP: 76708
(254) 752-0441
High
Total Enrollment 160
Rapoport Academy El - North Campus
2200 Mac Arthur Dr
ZIP: 76708
(254) 754-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Waco Ctr For Youth
3501 N 19th St
ZIP: 76708
(254) 745-5339
High
Total Enrollment 78
Axtell/be Daep
2601 Franklin
ZIP: 76710
(254) 859-5832
High
Total Enrollment 2
Crestview El
1120 N New Rd
ZIP: 76710
(254) 776-1704
Primary
Total Enrollment 703
Harmony Science Acad (waco)
1900 N Valley Mills Dr
ZIP: 76710
(254) 751-7878
Other
Total Enrollment 764
Hillcrest Pds Magnet
4225 Pine Ave
ZIP: 76710
(254) 772-4286
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Lake Air Montessori School
4601 Cobbs Dr
ZIP: 76710
(254) 772-1910
Primary
Total Enrollment 683
Mountainview El
5901 Bishop St
ZIP: 76710
(254) 772-2520
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Parkdale El
6400 Edmond
ZIP: 76710
(254) 772-2170
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Tennyson Middle
6100 Tennyson Dr
ZIP: 76710
(254) 772-1440
Middle
Total Enrollment 902
Waco H S
2020 N 42nd St
ZIP: 76710
(254) 776-1150
High
Total Enrollment 1799
Kendrick El
1801 Kendrick Ln
ZIP: 76711
(254) 752-3316
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Midway H S
8200 Mars Dr
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5650
High
Total Enrollment 2282
River Valley Int
4750 Speegleville Rd
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5699
Middle
Total Enrollment 586
South Bosque El
1 Wickson Rd
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5720
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Speegleville El
101 Maywood
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5730
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Woodgate Int
9400 Chapel Rd
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5690
Middle
Total Enrollment 574
Woodway El
325 Estates Dr
ZIP: 76712
(254) 761-5740
Primary
Total Enrollment 562

Waco Private Schools

Waco Montessori School
1920 Columbus Ave
ZIP: 76701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 148
Live Oak Classical School
500 Webster Ave
ZIP: 76706
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 247
Parkview Christian Academy
1100 E Lake Shore Dr Unit C
ZIP: 76708
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 111
Reicher Catholic High School
2102 N 23rd St
ZIP: 76708
Secondary
Total Enrollment 215
St Louis Catholic School
2208 N 23rd St
ZIP: 76708
Elementary
Total Enrollment 282
Texas Christian Academy
4600 Sanger Ave
ZIP: 76710
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 163
Waco Baptist Academy
6125 Bosque Blvd
ZIP: 76710
Elementary
Total Enrollment 131
New Creation Adventist School
800 W State Highway 6
ZIP: 76712
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
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