Waco, TX

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
278,103
1.09% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
34.1
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
17.8%
1.86% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,193
12% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$190,100
17.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
126,219
1.91% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Waco, TX had a population of 278k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $59,193. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Waco, TX grew from 275,105 to 278,103, a 1.09% increase and its median household income grew from $52,836 to $59,193, a 12% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Waco, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (14%), White (Hispanic) (12.9%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.88%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.97%).

None of the households in Waco, TX reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.9% of the residents in Waco, TX are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waco, TX are Baylor University (223232) (5,700 degrees awarded in 2022), Texas State Technical College (2,555 degrees), and McLennan Community College (1,793 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Waco, TX was $190,100, and the homeownership rate was 60.6%.

Most people in Waco, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Waco, TX was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Waco, TX is home to a population of 278k people, from which 93.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.35% of Waco, TX residents were born outside of the country (23.2k people).

In 2022, there were 3.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (151k people) in Waco, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 35.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.9%
2022 Citizenship
94.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.9% of Waco, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Waco, TX was 94.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Waco, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    151k ± 470
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    39k ± 729
  3. White (Hispanic)
    35.8k ± 2.25k
26.9%
Hispanic Population
74.9k people

In 2022, there were 3.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (151k people) in Waco, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 35.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

26.9% of the people in Waco, TX are hispanic (74.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Waco, TX as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,430,315 ± 36,649 people
  2. India
    305,649 ± 13,502 people
  3. El Salvador
    224,600 ± 11,591 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,430,315 Texas residents, followed by India with 305,649 and El Salvador with 224,600.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.35%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
23.2k people
8.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
22.5k people

As of 2022, 8.35% of Waco, TX residents (23.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waco, TX was 8.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,795 ± 467
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,976 ± 679
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,698 ± 480

Waco, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Waco, TX employs 126k people. The largest industries in Waco, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,968 people), Retail Trade (15,304 people), and Educational Services (15,110 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($72,226), Public Administration ($62,955), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,497).

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,213. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

126k
2022 Value
± 3,150
1.91%
1 Year growth
± 3.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Waco, TX grew at a rate of 1.91%, from 124k employees to 126k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waco, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,167 people), Sales & Related Occupations (12,469 people), and Management Occupations (11,296 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waco, TX.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

126k
2022 Value
± 3,150
1.91%
1 Year growth
± 3.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Waco, TX grew at a rate of 1.91%, from 124k employees to 126k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waco, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,968 people), Retail Trade (15,304 people), and Educational Services (15,110 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waco, TX, though some of these residents may live in Waco, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,492
Median earning men ± $1,832
$31,415
Median earning women ± $1,294

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($72,625), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,246), and Information ($55,787).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($49,642), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,684), and Wholesale Trade ($42,278).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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4.59%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 13.8M people employed in Texas. This represents a 4.59% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 9.63%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Texas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,133
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,498
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,104
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Texas went to Donald J. Trump with 52.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.12%).

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Phil Gramm resigned (effective November 30, 2002) a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators. However, Cornyn did not gain additional seniority due to a 1980 Rules Committee policy.
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Waco, TX awarded 10,200 degrees. The student population of Waco, TX in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 17,827 male students and 20,688 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waco, TX are White (5,809 and 58.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,082 and 20.8%), Black or African American (726 and 7.26%), and Two or More Races (478 and 4.78%).

The largest universities in Waco, TX by number of degrees awarded are Baylor University (223232) (5,700 and 55.9%), Texas State Technical College (2,555 and 25%), and McLennan Community College (1,793 and 17.6%).

The most popular majors in Waco, TX are Liberal Arts & Sciences (708 and 6.94%), Registered Nursing (430 and 4.22%), and Welding Technology (416 and 4.08%).

The median tuition cost in Waco, TX for private four year colleges is $51,738.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Waco, TX, the percentage of applicants admitted was 45.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 38,515 (46.3% men and 53.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 38,515 students enrolled in Waco, TX, 46.3% men and 53.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 19,103 records, of which 54.6% were women and 45.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 317 degrees awarded
  2. 246 degrees awarded
  3. 188 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Waco, TX was Registered Nursing with 317 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Waco, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 5,700 degrees awarded
  2. 2,555 degrees awarded
  3. 1,793 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Baylor University (223232) with 5,700 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,800 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waco, TX, which is 0.889 times less than the 5,400 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,809 degrees mean that there were 2.79 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,082 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($51,738) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($480) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,625) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.59% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.53% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (5.7M), Some college (4.97M), and Bachelors Degree (4.2M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waco, TX was $190,100 in 2022, which is 0.674 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $161,200 to $190,100, a 17.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Waco, TX is 60.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Waco, TX have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Waco, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Waco, TX is $59,193. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Waco, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $121,303, followed by Collin County, TX and Glasscock County, TX, with respective values of $113,255 and $112,188.

Property

$190,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,271
$60,898
Median Property Taxes
±$1,747

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waco, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Waco, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.6%
Homeownership
2022
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.6% of the housing units in Waco, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waco, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $121,303, followed by Collin County, TX and Glasscock County, TX, with respective values of $113,255 and $112,188.

The following map shows all of the counties in Waco, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$59,193
Median Household Income
± $1,735
100k
Number of Households
± 2,577

In 2022, the median household income of the 100k households in Waco, TX grew to $59,193 from the previous year's value of $52,836.

The following chart displays the households in Waco, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waco, TX is from Texas.
0.476
2022 Wage GINI in Texas
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2022, the income inequality in Texas was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0231% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.1%)
  2. Carpooled (9.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.93%)

In 2022, 80.1% of workers in Waco, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.4%) and those who worked at home (6.93%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waco, TX have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.22% of the workforce in Waco, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Waco, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waco, TX have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waco, TX (47.3k out of 266k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waco, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

85.7% of the population of Waco, TX has health coverage, with 46.3% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.86% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Texas see 1629 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.792% decrease from the previous year (1642 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1660 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 759 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,629 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Texas

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,629 patients per year. This represents a 0.792% decrease from the previous year (1,642 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Texas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.9% under 18 years, 24.9% between 18 and 34 years, 33.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.3%
Uninsured
46.3%
Employer Coverage
15.4%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
1.86%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waco, TX grew by 1.34% from 14.1% to 14.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waco, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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