Waco, Texas

Waco: The 11th most populous city in Texas. It is located on the Brazos River in central Texas. Waco is known for its many colleges and universities, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Baylor University and the Dr Pepper Museum.


Waco is a city located in the county of McLennan in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 124,805 and a population density of 476 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 141,377 inhabitants.

The city was created 175 years ago in 1848.

Waco was founded in 1849 and quickly became a key trading hub for the Chisholm Trail cattle drivers. The Suspension Bridge across the Brazos River was built in 1870, further cementing Waco's importance for trade and travel.

Waco's location along the river brought industrial growth in the late 1800s. Cotton mills, railroad shops and other factories opened. Baylor University relocated to Waco in 1886, lending an educational influence.

Key Facts About Modern Waco

Here are some important details about today's Waco:

  • Population: Approximately 135,000 residents as of 2019. Waco is the 22nd largest city in Texas.
  • Economy: Major employers today include Baylor University and the Waco Independent School District, Providence Healthcare Network, Sanderson Farms, and the various businesses along Interstate 35.
  • Attractions: Popular sites include the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Waco Suspension Bridge, Cameron Park Zoo, the Dr Pepper Museum, and Magnolia Market at the Silos.
  • Neighborhoods: Notable areas include Downtown, East Waco, North Waco, South Waco, China Spring and Woodway. Each has its own local culture.
  • Recreation: Waco offers hiking at Cameron Park, boating and fishing on the Brazos River, and many youth and amateur sports leagues.

With its small-town feel and funky local businesses, Waco has developed its own unique identity that draws visitors from across Texas and beyond.

Waco locator map
Location of Waco on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Waco

Population : 141,377 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : McLennan County
Postal code : 76700–76799
Phone Area Codes : 254
Area : 262.41 km2
Named for : Waco tribe
Altitude : 469 feet / 143 meters
Capital city : Waco is capital of McLennan County
Establishment : January 01, 1849 (175 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 02:48:16 (18th April 2024)
Density : 539 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 11.72% (2010-2020)
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Waco is located at 31°32'58"N 97°8'48"W (31.5493300, -97.1466700).

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The population of Waco increased by 11.72% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 124,805 - census
2011 126,443 1.3% estimation process
2012 127,494 0.82% estimation process
2013 129,011 1.18% estimation process
2014 129,860 0.65% estimation process
2015 131,801 1.47% estimation process
2016 133,421 1.21% estimation process
2017 136,939 2.57% estimation process
2018 137,886 0.69% estimation process
2019 139,236 0.97% estimation process
2020 141,377 1.51% estimation process

Waco zip code is 76701. County name: McLennan, County fips: 48309

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People born in Waco (200)

People born in Waco, including actress and singer-songwriter Jennifer Love Hewitt, music producer Symbolyc One, singer, actress, dancer Ashlee Simpson, .


  • Sandra Brown (American novelist) she was born in 12/03/1948
  • Corinne Griffith (American actress, film producer, author (1894-1979)) she was born in 21/11/1894
  • C. Wright Mills (American sociologist) he was born in 28/08/1916
  • Floyd Patterson (American boxer) he was born in 04/01/1935
  • Pete Sessions (American politician) he was born in 22/03/1955
  • Peri Gilpin (American actress) she was born in 27/05/1961
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (American politician) she was born in 03/12/1935
  • Kevin Reynolds (American film director and screenwriter) he was born in 17/01/1952
  • Kari Jobe (American Christian music singer-songwriter) she was born in 06/04/1981
  • Travis Banton (American fashion designer) he was born in 18/08/1894
  • Robert Wilson (American avant-garde stage director and playwright) he was born in 04/10/1941
  • Roy Hargrove (American jazz trumpeter) he was born in 16/10/1969
  • Doris Miller (first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross) he was born in 12/10/1919
  • Hank Thompson (American country musician) he was born in 03/09/1925
  • Austan Goolsbee (American economist) he was born in 18/08/1969
  • George C. McGhee (American diplomat) he was born in 10/03/1912
  • Bill Payne (American musician) he was born in 12/03/1949
  • Billy Williams (African-American singer) he was born in 28/12/1910

Schools in Waco

College & universities near Waco, TX

Code Name City ZIP
223232 Baylor University Waco (TX) 76798
226578 McLennan Community College Waco (TX) 76708
487320 Texas State Technical College Waco (TX) 76705
225371 Hill College Hillsboro (TX) 76645

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near Waco, TX

Code Name Address Type
WCX Waco, TX 301 South 8th Street BUS
MCG McGregor 1 Amtrak Blvd. RAIL
TPL Temple 315 West Ave B RAIL
KIL Killeen, Texas 200 East Avenue C BUS
FHD Fort Hood, Texas Hood Road & Old Ironsides Ave. BUS

Post offices near Waco

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Wa Post Office Waco (TX) 76706
Highlander Post Office Waco (TX) 76708
Westview Post Office Waco (TX) 76710
Wa Post Office Waco (TX) 76702
Bellmead Post Office Waco (TX) 76705

Other places with the same name (6)

  • Waco , Kansas township in Sedgwick County, Kansas with a population of 753 people.
  • Waco , Georgia human settlement in Haralson County, Georgia, United States of America with a population of 532 people.
  • Waco , North Carolina human settlement in Cleveland County, North Carolina, United States of America with a population of 319 people.
  • Waco , Nebraska village in Nebraska, United States with a population of 229 people.
  • Waco , Missouri City in Jasper County, Missouri, United States with a population of 93 people.

Other cities in McLennan County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in McLennan County , TX. (more)

City Name Population Title
Hewitt 15,113 City in Texas, United States
Robinson 12,091 City in Texas, USA
Bellmead 10,835 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Woodway 9,077 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Lacy-Lakeview 6,803 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
McGregor 5,413 City in Texas
West 2,969 City in McLennan County, Texas
Mart 1,983 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Beverly Hills 1,980 Town in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Northcrest 1,785 City in Texas, United States of America
Lorena 1,756 City in Texas
Bruceville-Eddy 1,704 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Moody 1,433 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Gholson 1,127 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Riesel 1,049 City in McLennan County, Texas, United States
Crawford 870 Town in Texas

Distance to Other Cities

Waco distances to largest Texas cities