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Waco, TX

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Waco is a middle sized city located in central Texas. As of 2010, Waco had a population of 124,805 people, making it one of the top twenty five most populated cities in the entire state. The metropolitan area for Waco is nearly double that number, at 234,906. Waco is the county seat of McLennan County, and is known for being located about halfway between Dallas and Austin, two major Texas cities. Waco has a long history, and was occupied by Native Americans in the early 1800s.

Getting Around in Waco, TX

Most people in the city of Waco get around by using their own vehicles. There are plenty of major highways in the area, since the city is located halfway between two major cities. Interstate 35, US Highway 84, and State Highway 31 all run through the Waco area. Waco also has three regional airports—the Waco Regional Airport, the TSTC Waco Airport, and the McGregor Executive Airport. There is a limited bus service operated within the city, called the Waco Transit System.

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The average commuter time in Waco is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.15%
  • 5.28%
  • 0.56%

Baylor University

<p>Baylor University is perhaps Waco's most recognizable institution. It has both successful basketball and football sports programs, and regularly sends players to the NBA and NFL. Recently, professional athletes Robert Griffin III and Perry Jones have come out of Baylor sports programs to much fanfare. The University has over 15,000 students, and an endowment of over a billion dollars. It's the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the state of Texas and it is also unique in being a Baptist institution.</p>

Hawaiian Falls

<p>Hawaiian Falls is a chain of waterparks that has a significant presence in Waco, Texas. Although Hawaiian Falls is a central Texas chain, it has come to be known for its Waco location. Officially, the city's Hawaiian Falls is named "Hawaiian Falls Waco", and it sits on over 14 acres of land. The waterpark is famous for its slides, of which there are over a dozen. The biggest slide, Breaker Bay, is the length of football field and empties into a family wave pool. The waterpark also has typical theme park amenities, including food and gift shop options.</p>