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Waco is a city in McLennan County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the Indian tribe.

The latitude of Waco is 31.549N. The longitude is -97.146W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 469 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 116,887.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$26,264
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Waco demographic reports
Waco is on the Brazos River.
The Texas Rangers set up a temporary outpost here in 1837; grew as a cow town as cattlemen came through on their way north.
Public transportation: Waco Transit System, Inc. (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 809. The number of murders and homicides was 14. The violent crime rate was 6.9 per 1,000 people.
Waco received national attention for a deadly showdown in 1993 between the federal government and the Branch Davidians.
Well-known residents have included:
· Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress
· Steve Martin, comedian, actor
· Michael Johnson, Olympic medalist
· Darold Williamson, Olympic gold medalist (track)
· Heloise Cruse Evans, newspaper columnist
· T. Berry Brazelton, author and expert on child rearing
· Peri Gilpin, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Viking Fest - March 24-25, 2007
  • Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo - Oct. 3-14, 2007
  • Sorghum Festival - Sept. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Waco web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Waco Symphony Orchestra
Waco attractions: Cameron Park Zoo
Historic routes: Chisholm Trail, Shawnee Trail
Historic sites and museums: Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, Strecker Museum, Dr. Pepper Museum, Taylor Museum of Waco History
Colleges and universities: Baylor University, Texas State Technical College, McLennan Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 79
Quotes:
Waco is the town where the nineteenth-century gadfly William Cowper Brann, editor of a rag called the 'Iconoclast,' was shot dead in the street in retaliation for his fierce attacks on Baptist behavior.
-- Roads
Larry McMurtry

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Waco demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the McLennan County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Waco area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 76707 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Waco residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Waco ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Waco was $14,584, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Waco residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Waco, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $394.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $724.


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Libraries in Waco include East Waco Library, RB Hoover Library, South Waco Library, Waco-McLennan County Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Waco include Waco Tribune-Herald

TV stations in Waco include KWBU, KWKT, KWTX, KXXV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KWBU-FM.

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McLennan County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Waco political report.

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The average commute time for Waco workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 26 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Waco between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Waco is the town where the nineteenth-century gadfly William Cowper Brann, editor of a rag called the 'Iconoclast,' was shot dead in the street in retaliation for his fierce attacks on Baptist behavior. ”
~ Roads
Larry McMurtry

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