Waco Texas Overview, Crime Rate Statistics, and Related Information
Waco is a city that is located in central Texas and lies halfway between Dallas and Austin. The total area of this city is 95.5 square miles, 84.2 square miles of which is made up of land and the remaining 11.3 square miles is water. The total area that consists of water here is 11.85%. The climate here is humid subtropical climate which includes of hot summers and mild winters.
Waco Texas Population
According to the latest census in 2010 the total population found here are 124,805 who are organized into 51,452 households and 27,115 families. The density of population recorded here was 1350.6 people per square mile. The number of home units here is 45,819 which is an average of 544.2 per square mile. Of the total number of households, 29.5% had children who were 18 years or less living with them, and 34% were married couples living together.
The number of female-only households without a husband was 16.2% while nonfamilies made up a majority, i.e., 41.4%. A total of 31.1% were individuals that lived alone out of which 10.9% were people over the age of 65 that lived alone. The average size of a household was 2.49, and the average size of a family was 3.19. For every 100 women who were over the age of 18, there were 87.3 males.
The median income of a household was $26,264, and that of a family was $33,919. The median income of males in Waco was $26,902 as opposed to the median income per year for females which is $21,159. The per capita income here was $14,584, and around 26.3% of the population including 19.3% families are under the poverty line. Some of the top employers in Waco are Baylor University, Waco Independent School district, and Providence Health Center.
Waco Texas Crime Rate
There is a crime rate of 43 per one thousand here in Waco Texas. It is one of the highest crime rates overall regarding communities of all sizes. The chance of an individual being victim to a crime either property or violent is one in 23. The crime rate here is 92% higher than most other cities in Texas. More importantly, even if you compare the crime rates here to that of communities of similar size, it was found that the rates here are relatively higher than the average. No matter how you look at it the crime rates here are higher than that of other communities irrespective of the size which makes it a difficult city to live in.
It is also essential to see the difference between the crime rates regarding the violent crime that is crimes that involve murder, rape, manslaughter, and mugging versus property crimes such as burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny. This gives a clearer perspective of whether property crime or violent crimes contribute more to the overall crime rate.
Regarding crimes of violence, it was found that Waco had the highest in the nation in comparison to other communities both large and small. According to a report by the FBI, the chance of an individual falling victim to a violent crime here is one in 189. At the same time, it was found that there are also many property crimes that take place in Waco. The chance of an individual falling victim to a violent crime is calculated at one in 26 which adds up to almost 38 per one thousand people.
This being said you find that both violent, as well as property crimes, contribute almost equally to the high crime rates in this area.