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.

Waco is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

One of the benefits of Waco is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.90 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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.