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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Waco is a city in Texas with a population of 131,996. Waco is in McLennan County. Living in Waco offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Waco there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Waco and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Waco are above average.
About Waco...
Population
131,996

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$107,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$791
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Waco Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    338.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    86
    40.7
  • Robbery
    79.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    703.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,750.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    140.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

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HEB (grocery store) has a lot of variety, especially in produce and salsa! Cameron Park is pretty to hike in. Magnolia Silos are there, and there are some cute boutique stores popping up. Sironia (restaurant) has AWESOME vermicelli salad! Baylor campus is pretty. Overall, people are nice. Texans are very welcoming! Also, great food trucks (get a barbacoa torta from Taqueria Zacatecas!)
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I have lived in Waco, Tx going on 22 years now. Waco is a great place to call home. My parents worked for the Waco police department their whole career; Now retired, they get to reside in this amazing city. There is never a dull moment in this town! Waco is full of many avenues of entertainment waiting to be explored. From the numerous shops downtown to Magnolia to Cameron Park there are many places that make Waco an ideal location for residents and visitors alike.
As a teenager moving to Waco from a small town, this is the perfect town to more to. It's not overwhelming as a city would be considering the town I originally came from was home to 400 people year round. The town is big but not big enough to be overwhelming, I get the joys of a city without the stress that usually come with it. My biggest highlights of moving to Waco was being able to go to the movies and get sushi, and it not taking over an hour to drive and get it. The High School I go to is a 6A school and has given me many connections to different parts of Waco Highlighting the community and how it is close knit unlike larger cities. Waco is amazing!