B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$770
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Waco Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    306
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    59
    41
  • Robbery
    117
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    812
    500
  • Theft
    2,727
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,099
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Ive spent countless weekends in Waco during my 10 years in Texas and I've always had a good time. The city of Waco has a lot to offer for family activities and attractions. The Cameron Park Zoo is very affordable and is a lovely medium sized zoo. The barbecue at Rudy's Country Store restaurant is a must every trip. When we stay overnight we like the Waco Hilton, as long as it isn't a big Baylor football weekend! Those weekends we do our best to avoid Waco because it feels like it is bursting at the seams during football season. Graduation weekend should be avoided too. The locals are much friendlier and always willing to help. Overall, there are enough attractions, restaurants and shopping to get us excited each time we visit Waco. RECOMMENDED FOR Families
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I love Waco! Ever since Chip and Jo Gaines rose to the ranks of fame, my hometown has had a very positive connotation about it. Baylor University also tends to bring in hard-working students since it is such a challenging college. My church, Antioch Community Church is very welcoming and friendly, almost always with the mission of sharing Jesus' love above all else.
Waco is perfectly situated between Dallas and Austin. Waco is home to significant national parks, monuments, and educational institutions. Unfortunately, Waco is not the Lone Star of Texas it was meant to be. Resistance to engage in meaningful change has stalled the ability to attract and retain intellectual and cultural diversity, as well as livable compensatory employment opportunities. A few major retailers and family friendly restaurants have taken root. However, safe spaces for single young adults to gather and socialize are basically non-existent. I see a light at the end of a very long tunnel for Waco if city leaders, planners, and council members invest in economic marketing and ecological infrastructure implementation. It is far beyond time for Waco to take its rightful place as the Heart of Texas. I will do my part to engage and promote the promises Waco has to offer for the betterment of all.