Waco, Texas

Waco (/ˈwk/ WAY-koh) is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States.[6] It is situated along the Brazos River and I-35, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state.[7] In 2020 the population for the city was 138,486.[8] The Waco metropolitan statistical area consists of McLennan and Falls counties, which had a 2010 population of 234,906.[9] Falls County was added to the Waco MSA in 2013. The 2021 U.S. census population estimate for the Waco metropolitan area was 280,428.[10]

Waco, Texas
City of Waco
From left to right, top to bottom: Downtown, McLennan County Courthouse, Waco Suspension Bridge, Dr. Pepper Museum, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Baylor University, Waco Hippodrome, Cameron Park, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and Austin Avenue in Downtown
Nickname(s): 
"Heart of Texas"
"Buckle of the Bible Belt"[1]
Location within McLennan County and Texas
Waco, Texas
Location of Waco in the state of Texas
Waco, Texas
Location of Waco in the United States
Waco, Texas
Location of Waco in North America
Coordinates: 31°33′5″N 97°9′21″W
Country United States
State Texas
CountyMcLennan
Government
  TypeCouncil–manager
  MayorDillon Meek
  City CouncilAndrea J. Barefield
Alice Rodriguez
Josh Borderud
Kelly Palmer
Jim Holmes
  City ManagerBradley Ford
Area
  City101.15 sq mi (261.98 km2)
  Land88.73 sq mi (229.82 km2)
  Water12.42 sq mi (32.16 km2)  11.85%
Elevation
470 ft (143.3 m)
Population
 (2020)
  City138,486
  Estimate 
(2020)[3]
138,486
  Density1,569.16/sq mi (605.86/km2)
  Metro
280,428
Demonym(s)Wacoan
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST)UTC−5 (Central)
ZIP Codes
76700–76799
Area code254
FIPS code48-76000[4]
GNIS feature ID1370701[5]
Interstates
U.S. Routes
WebsiteWaco-Texas.com

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