Profile for Waco, Texas, TX
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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.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor 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
· Darold Williamson, Olympic gold medalist (track)
· T. Berry Brazelton, author and expert on child rearing
· Michael Johnson, Olympic medalist
· Heloise Cruse Evans, newspaper columnist
· Peri Gilpin, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo - Oct. 3-14, 2007
- Viking Fest - March 24-25, 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, Dr. Pepper Museum, Strecker 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
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.
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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.
19% of Waco residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Waco festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Viking Fest - M
- Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo - O
- Sorghum Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Waco, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $394. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $724.
Libraries in Waco include East Waco Library, RB Hoover Library, South Waco Library, Waco-McLennan County Library ... View libraries
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.
McLennan County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Waco political report.
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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