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Quick Facts
Quick Facts

Population (Waco MSA): 222,439

County Seat of: McLennan County

Altitude: 427-feet above sea level

Yearly Mean Temperature: 67.2 F

Winter/Summer Temperatures:
• December: 38.7 F
• July: 96.4 F

Rivers: Brazos and Bosque

Lake: Lake Waco: 7,000 acres 60 miles of shoreline.

Parks: 35 throughout Waco, including the 416-acre Cameron Park

Living in Waco

Situated one hundred miles between Austin and Dallas, Waco's population enjoys a rich and eclectic sampling of the natural landscape, bustling local commerce and the cultural arts.

Named after the Waco Indians, the first known inhabitants of the area, the city has worn many different hats in its 150-year history, from staking an outpost for the Texas Rangers to serving as regional cotton trading hub to making a home for Baylor, the first and oldest university in Texas.

These days, Waco boasts varied and beautiful landscapes, historically significant architecture, nationally recognized museums, locally owned and operated businesses, and active community involvement among its constituents.

Learn more about Waco and the resources that you will find in our city.

For more information, please visit City of Waco, Waco Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.