Waco Community Profile

Community Profile

Waco’s big-town amenities and small-town cost-of-living make it an attractive place to work and live. Waco is continuing to grow and is becoming ranked among many magazines. Waco was ranked sixth in Inc. magazine’s listing of the best small cities for doing business in the nation. Waco also received recognition from Forbes magazine as one of the best small cities for business. Check out Waco’s demographics, educational resources, housing opportunities, area attractions and more.

Location, Location, Location

Waco, the seat of McLennan County, Texas, is located 90 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth, 90 miles north of Austin and 180 miles northwest of Houston. The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) covers 1,000 square miles, with the Waco corporate limits encompassing 85 square miles.


Waco has a sub-tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 67.2 degrees. The average minimum temperature for December is 38.7 degrees and the average maximum for July is 96.4 degrees. The average annual rainfall is 33.33 inches and the growing season is 253 days. Elevation is 427 feet.

City Government

Waco is a municipal corporation with a council/manager form of government. The city charter took effect in 1958. Fire protection is provided by a full-time fire department with an ISO rating of 4 that has over forty pieces of equipment, located at 12 strategically placed fire stations with more than 185 fire fighters. An excellent police department provides public protection from more than 90 patrol cars and over 200 officers along with one sheriff and more than 54 deputies and 8 constables. There is a city master plan and zoning ordinances.


With an operating budget of more than $100 million, and a student teacher ratio of 15: 1, quality education is available to more than 15,000 students from kindergarten to high school in 30 plus Waco Independent School District schools. Eleven other school districts are located in the surrounding communities. More than a dozen private and parochial schools can be found in the area along with three charter schools.

Waco has three institutions of higher education. Baylor University, which was chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, is the largest Baptist institution in the world. A private university with an enrollment that exceeds 13,000 students, Baylor offers undergraduate degrees in 164 fields, 72 master’s degree programs and 19 doctoral programs. Baylor has been in the sports national media coverage with the Lady Bear’s Basketball winning the NCAA 2011 Division I Woman’s Basketball National Championship. Also in 2005, the Baylor baseball team journeyed to the college World Series. McLennan Community College offers academic programs to more than 7,000 students. MCC is a public, two-year community college that offers one- and two-year degree programs leading to an associate’s degree and a variety of programs for transfer to a four-year institution. In addition, MCC provides a wide range of workforce development training and continuing education courses, as well as partnerships with four-year state universities that offer bachelor’s degree programs on campus through the University Center at MCC. At Texas State Technical College, more than 4,000 students are training in programs ranging in length from one to two years. There are over 100 Associate of Applied Science degrees or Certificate of Completion options available.

Recreation and Area Attractions

Waco has so much going for it. Recently Golf Digest ranked Waco #11 for the best places to golf!  Waco offers a high level of amenities for its citizens. There are numerous parks encompassing 1,400 acres within the community. Additionally, Greater Waco is home to 2 country clubs, 10 health centers, 10 golf courses, 3 theaters, 14 tennis courts, more than 325 restaurants, 3,264 hotel and motel rooms, 8 bed and breakfast facilities, an accredited zoo, and one lake.


Waco is served by two fully accredited and not for profit hospitals: Hillcrest Health System has 405 beds and Providence Health Center has more than 200 beds. There are more than 300 doctors in 45 areas of study. Waco is also the home of the Veterans Administration Hospital. The facility has 433 beds. Medical clinics located throughout the city provide quick and convenient services seven days a week.

Worship Facilities

The religious needs of the community are served by more than 200 places of worship representing more than 30 denominations and multiple faiths.

Communications Media

One daily newspaper and 5 weekly newspapers service the community. 12 local radio stations provide programming in English and Spanish. There are 6 local television stations and 2 cable providers within the community. National Public Radio (NPR) and public television are among those radio and television stations available.



Waco Real Estate

Owning Waco real estate is perfect for people who love activity. Although Waco is a terrific place in which to live, it’s also an awesome place to enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds. Whether you’re the parent of teenagers looking for fun activities, or an older person whose doctor advises losing weight and staying active, Waco is ideal.