Waco, TX Profile: Facts & Data


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Waco, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Waco had a population of 136,713 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Waco, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 136,713
Population in Households 129,137
Population in Familes 96,742
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,576
Population Density2 1,536
Diversity Index3 79


Median Household Income $37,319
Average Household Income $57,086
Per Capita Income $22,322


Total Housing Units 55,475 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,091 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,698 (49.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,686 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $115,451
Average Home Value $173,466


Total Households 50,789
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 29,647
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.11% 0.97%
Households 1.1% 0.99%
Families 1.09% 0.91%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.19%

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, 2018 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 Density # 437 75th
Diversity Index # 76 96th
Median Household Income # 1342 23rd
Per Capita Income # 1014 42nd

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