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Waco, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Waco had a population of 132,139 as of July 1, 2016. Waco ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Waco is located at latitude 31.5601 and longitude -97.186 in McLennan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Waco (see map below) encompass a land area of 89.03 sq. miles and a water area of 12.3 sq. miles. McLennan County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 472 feet.

The City of Waco (GNIS ID: 2412162) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Waco is located within Waco Division of McLennan County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Waco population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Waco, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 132,139
Population in Households 124,147
Population in Familes 92,370
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,992
Population Density1 1,484
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 48,840
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 28,505
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 53,688 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,388 (39.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,452 (51.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,848 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $99,280
Average Home Value $152,764


Median Household Income $34,700
Average Household Income $52,371
Per Capita Income $20,575
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.92% 0.76%
Households 0.82% 0.76%
Families 0.8% 0.66%
Median Household Income   -0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.3%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Waco, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waco to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 23 99th
Population Density1 # 443 75th
Diversity Index2 # 74 96th
Median Household Income # 1378 21st
Per Capita Income # 1075 39th

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