Waco is located in the heart of central Texas, just an hour and a half south of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and an hour and a half north of the capitol city, Austin, on Interstate 35.
Year Founded: 1894
Population of Waco: 118,093 (est.)
Waco MSA: 222,439
County Seat of: McLennan County
Size of McLennan County: 1,000 sq. miles
Size of Waco City Limits: 85 sq. miles
Suburbs: Beverly Hills, Lacy Lakeview, Woodway, Hewitt, Bellmead, China Spring, and Robinson
Waco Altitude: 427-feet above sea level
Yearly Mean Temperature: 67.2 degrees F
Winter/Summer Temperatures: December: 38.7 degrees F
July: 96.4 degrees F
Average Relative Humidity: 68%
Average Annual Rainfall: 33.33 inches
Rivers: Brazos and Bosque
Lake: Lake Waco - 7,000 acres with 60 miles of shoreline.
Parks: 35 throughout Waco, including the 416-acre Cameron Park
Waco Regional Airport, serviced by commuter carriers American Eagle and Continental Connection to DFW and Houston airports
Public Transit System (Bus, Trolley)
Highways: Major Artery IH-35, with secondary arteries of Texas Highway 6, US 77, US Hwy 84
Lodging: 38 Waco hotels, motels and bed & breakfast inns totalling 2,399 rooms within the city limits of Waco and 1,540 additional sleeping rooms in the greater Waco area.
Elementary and Secondary Schools: Waco Independent School System (the suburbs also have their own school districts), multiple private and parochial schools, and one charter school.
Higher Education: Baylor University, McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical College