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Waco, TX

The City of Waco, is the county seat of McLennan County in Texas, and is situated along the Brazos River and the I-35 interstate highway between Dallas and Austin. The City is home to Dr Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The Waco Suspension Bridge, built in 1870 by architect John Roebling, crosses the Brazos River and is a key historic structure in the city. The Waco Mammoth National Monument, a museum and paleontological site that houses fossils from the Pleistocene era, is also located in the City.

Race/Ethnicity Pop %
White 44.1%
Asian 1.7%
African American 20.6%
Hispanic 31.7%
Other 1.9%
Sex Pop %
Male 48.5%
Female 51.5%
Poverty:Income Pop %
<50 % FPL 12.9%
50-100% FPL 13.6%
>100% FPL 73.4%
Metric Rate Nat. Avg. % Diff. City Min City Max
Adult obesity 1 29.0% 28.9% 0.1% 14.8% 46.3%
Adult smoking 2 20.4% 17.4% 3.0% 8.2% 26.6%
Air quality 3 (score range 0-10) 2.7 - - - -
Binge drinking 4 16.5% 16.0% 0.5% 8.8% 29.7%
Children in poverty 5 Stratified 37.9%
Race/Ethnicity Pop % Rate
White 44.1% 14.5%
Asian 1.7% 53.3%
African American 20.6% 52.7%
Hispanic 31.7% 42.9%
Other 1.9% 45.3%
Sex
Male 48.5% 37.0%
Female 51.5% 38.8%
Poverty:Income
<50 % FPL 12.9% N/A
< 50-100% FPL 13.6% N/A
>100% FPL 73.4% N/A
21.9% 16.0% 2.3% 72.0%
Dental care 6 49.5% 64.4% -14.9% 33.7% 72.5%
Excessive housing cost burden 7 57.6% 52.3% 5.3% 0.0% 89.0%
Food environment index 8 (index range 0-10) 5.3 6.8 - - -
High school graduation 9 Stratified 77.9%
Race/Ethnicity Pop % Rate
White 44.1% 65.4%
Asian 1.7% 62.5%
African American 20.6% 73.2%
Hispanic 31.7% 82.7%
Other 1.9% 87.5%
Sex
Male 48.5% 75.8%
Female 51.5% 80.0%
Poverty:Income
<50 % FPL 12.9% N/A
< 50-100% FPL 13.6% N/A
>100% FPL 73.4% N/A
82.0% -4.1% - -
Housing with pest infestation 10 20.5% 20.9% -0.4% - -
Income inequality 11 (index range -1.0 – 1.0) -0.58 -0.05 - -1.0 0.64
Jail incarceration 12 (per 100,000 population) 299.6 326.0 - - -
Low birthweight 13 Stratified 8.6%
Race/Ethnicity Pop % Rate
White 44.1% 7.6%
Asian 1.7% 11.2%
African American 20.6% 13.3%
Hispanic 31.7% 6.9%
Other 1.9% 15.0%
Sex
Male 48.5% N/A
Female 51.5% N/A
Poverty:Income
<50 % FPL 12.9% N/A
< 50-100% FPL 13.6% N/A
>100% FPL 73.4% N/A
8.0% 0.6% 6.9% 15.0%
Opioid-related deaths 14 (per 100,000 population) 7.6 13.4 - - -
Pap smear screening 15 71.8% 81.8% -10.0% 50.5% 84.0%
Physical inactivity 16 30.1% 23.7% - 12.6% 42.0%
Poor mental health 17 12.8% 11.5% 1.3% 6.6% 18.0%
Poor physical health 18 13.2% 12.0% 1.2% 3.3% 20.0%
Premature mortality 19 (per 100,000 population) 10350.0 8000.0 - - -
Preventive services 20 28.9% 31.5% -2.6% 19.6% 43.2%
Primary care physicians 21 (per 100,000 population) 67.9 91.1 - - -
Teen births 22 (per 1,000 population) Stratified 49.0
Race/Ethnicity Pop % Rate
White 44.1% 27.2
Asian 1.7% 2.8
African American 20.6% 69.9
Hispanic 31.7% 87.3
Other 1.9% 2.0
Sex
Male 48.5% N/A
Female 51.5% N/A
Poverty:Income
<50 % FPL 12.9% N/A
< 50-100% FPL 13.6% N/A
>100% FPL 73.4% N/A
24.2 - 2.0 87.3
Third-grade reading proficiency 23 Stratified 53.0%
Race/Ethnicity Pop % Rate
White 44.1% 72.0%
Asian 1.7% N/A
African American 20.6% 42.0%
Hispanic 31.7% 55.0%
Other 1.9% 65.0%
Sex
Male 48.5% 48.0%
Female 51.5% 59.0%
Poverty:Income
<50 % FPL 12.9% N/A
< 50-100% FPL 13.6% N/A
>100% FPL 73.4% N/A
34.0% 19.0% - -
Unemployment 24 8.5% 9.2% -0.7% 1.4% 24.4%
Violent crime 25 (per 100,000 population) 528.9 372.6 - - -
Walkability 26 (score range 0-100) 34.0 0.0 - 8.0 57.0

Data Sources

  • 1Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 2Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 3Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirData / Calculated by New York University Marron Institute of Urban Management

  • 4Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 5American Community Survey (Census)

  • 6Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 7American Community Survey (Census)

  • 8USDA Food Environment Atlas

  • 9Accountability Research Unit, Division of Research and Analysis, Texas Education Agency

  • 10National Center for Healthy Housing/ American Housing Survey

  • 11American Community Survey (Census)

  • 12Bureau of Justice Statistics/Annual Summary on Inmates Under Jail Incarceration

  • 13Birth Data, National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics

  • 14Multiple Cause Mortality Data, National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics

  • 15Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 16Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 17Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 18Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 19Multiple Cause Mortality Data, National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics

  • 20Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 500 Cities Estimates

  • 21American Medical Association Masterfile

  • 22Birth Data, National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics

  • 23State of Texas Asessments of Academic Readiness, Student Assesment Division, Texas Education Agency

  • 24American Community Survey (Census)

  • 25Uniform Crime Reporting

  • 26Walkscore.com