Waco Area

Suspension Bridge

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, is a private Baptist university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in the state. Though 80 percent of our students hail from Texas, we are home to students from all 50 states, as well as 80 countries. Visit www.baylor.edu for details about our history, mission, student life and more.

With the school's move to 811 Washington Ave. in downtown Waco in late 2010, we are just steps away from downtown restaurants, Heritage Square concerts and festivals, great shopping and much more! The historic Waco Suspension Bridge across the beautiful Brazos River is just a short lunch-time walk.

Waco is 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 capital city, Austin, on I-35.

To learn more about Waco, click here for more information regarding local attractions, shopping, entertainment and more.

Waco Quick Facts

Year Founded: 1894

Population of Waco: 124,805 (2013)

Population of Waco MSA: 234,906 (2013)

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

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

Transportation: 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 and 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