Waco & Surrounding Communities

Located about one hour from both Dallas and Austin, Waco is known as the "Heart of Texas" and is part of McLennan County, which has a population of 225,000. Waco residents enjoy the small-town atmosphere with the benefits of city life, such as the revitalized downtown and restored warehouse district.

The city is brimming with cultural opportunities, including concerts, plays, museums and charitable events. Waco is the educational hub of the county, with two higher education institutions other than MCC: Baylor University and Texas State Technical College.

Just outside the city limits are several smaller communities with a real hometown feel, new housing developments and excellent school systems. McLennan County is relatively rural, with many small towns located throughout its 1,000 square miles.

Learn more about the area from the City of Waco, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.