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A+ Waco Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Waco Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Texas
8515% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waco cost of living
F Waco Crime Total crime is 37% higher than Texas
Total crime
4,10249% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2549% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Waco crime
D- Waco Employment Household income is 38% lower than Texas
Median household income
$34,09938% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,84733% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%18% lower than the US average
Waco employment
F Waco Housing Home value is 31% lower than Texas
Median home value
$98,80047% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$77019% lower than the US average
Home ownership
45%29% lower than the US average
Waco real estate or Waco rentals
B- Waco Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
74%11% lower than the US average
School test scores
61%24% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Waco K-12 schools or Waco colleges

Living in Waco, TX

Located in the state of Texas, Waco is a moderately-sized city with a population of 130,659 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (68% White). Given that fact, Waco could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Waco are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 21% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Waco residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Waco is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Texas, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Waco and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Waco to Texas and the national average.

The livability score in Waco is 74/100 and the city is ranked in the 79th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Waco ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A-), weather (B) and education (B-). The bad news for Waco, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Waco, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Waco: Cameron Park Zoo, Dr Pepper Museum, and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Assuming that Waco meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Waco. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Waco are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Waco come in at $98,800, which is 30.8% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Waco, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 11.5% higher than the Texas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Waco area were 4.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.4%.

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Wild for Waco, Texas

I've spent countless weekends in Waco during my 10 years in Texas and I've always had a good time. The city of Waco has a lot to offer for family activities and attractions. The Cameron Park Zoo is very affordable and is a lovely medium sized zoo. After a hot day at the zoo, we love to splash around at Waco Water Park, located in Riverbend Park. My husband is a huge history buff, so I've made many visits to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and the Mayborm Museum. The barbecue at Rudy's Country Store restaurant is a must every trip.

When we stay overnight we like the Waco Hilton, as long as it isn't a big Baylor football weekend! Those weekends we do our best to avoid Waco because it feels like it is bursting at the seams during football season. Graduation weekend should be avoided too. During the summer, when things at Baylor are slower, traffic is better.

One of the things I love about Waco is that it has many of the amenities of a larger city, without the crowds. The locals are much friendlier and always willing to help. Overall, there are enough attractions, restaurants and shopping to get us excited each time we visit Waco.
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Source: The Waco, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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