Waco, TX

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Waco, TX

About Waco, TX

Waco, Texas is a vibrant city located in Central Texas. Here locals and visitors alike can enjoy plenty of activities from visiting the historic Magnolia Market, participating in one of the many festivals throughout the year, or simply exploring the downtown area. With its excellent schools, thriving businesses and plenty of recreational opportunities it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Waco their home. There are also numerous dining options, shopping centers and entertainment venues available for those looking for some fun! Small city / college town - East-central Texas along I-35, 100 miles south of Dallas.

Location Details

State: Texas
County: McLennan County
Metro Area: Waco Metro Area
City: Waco
Zip Codes: 76706 76708 76712 76710 76707 76711 76704 76701 76798
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 501 ft above sea level
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The typically-Texas small city of Waco is an important commercial and transportation hub with an added college presence. The economic base consists of small to mid-sized manufacturers in a variety of industries and a strong agricultural presence with ranching, poultry, and cotton. Another principal employer, Baylor University, brings 15,000 students and some college-town amenities. However, educational attainment is unusually low for a college town.

Downtown is fairly modern but uninspiring with a small historic area; many older buildings were destroyed in a 1953 tornado. The city prides itself as a good filmmaking set because of its many neighborhood “looks” and varied terrain. Lakes within and outside the city provide watersports, but most other forms of recreation, entertainment and cultural interest are in short supply. The biggest draw is cost of living and housing, quite reasonable especially for a place with a college presence.

Waco is located in the rich agricultural region of the Brazos River Valley. The gently rolling, agricultural Blackland Prairies spread to the east and the hilly Grand Prairie with sagebrush and cactus starts to the west—the contrast between the two areas is one feature that attracts filmmakers. The climate is humid subtropical and continental with large temperature variations.

Summer daytime temperatures are hot, especially in July and August. Highest temperatures are associated with fair skies, light winds, and comparatively low humidity. Winters are mild. Cold fronts moving down from the High Plains often bring strong, gusty, northerly winds and sharp temperature drops. Cold spells rarely last longer than 2 to 3 days. In an average year, April and May are the wettest months, while the July to August period is the driest. Most warm season rainfall occurs from thunderstorm activity. Winter precipitation is closely associated with frontal activity, and may arrive as rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow. Most years have little snow.

Waco Cost of Living

Cost of living, college-town amenities, and historic interest make Waco a great place to live.

-61.9% lower than avg
-61.7% lower than avg
$846 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-35.7% lower than avg
Waco Crime
54.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Waco
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   College-town amenities
Low educational attainment
   Historic interest
Summer heat
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Over 3 years ago

This town is a nightmare for all nearby towns or people passing through. Expect to add an hour to your trip if you're passing through. Traffic. Traffic traffic.  More

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Best city in Texas when you count traffic, housing cost, eateries, Baylor Bear sports, largest urban lake in Texas, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of  More

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i was raised in waco tx and recently moved to country to get away from the drama and crime associated w living in waco.But it seems now the city of Waco has purchased  More

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