Waco, TX


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Waco is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 132,356 people and 30 constituent neighborhoods, Waco is the 22nd largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waco is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waco is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waco who work in office and administrative support (13.93%), sales jobs (10.85%), and food service (8.13%).

Waco is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Waco has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Waco enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Waco.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Waco spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.90 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Waco are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.53% of adults in Waco having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waco in 2010 was $19,289, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,156 for a family of four. However, Waco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waco is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Waco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waco residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Waco also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waco include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Waco is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.