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, Waco isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waco are a mix 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%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Waco really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Waco is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Waco more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Waco’s character and quality of life.

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 education level of Waco citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.53% of adults in Waco have at least a bachelor's 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.