Along the banks of the beautiful Brazos River between Dallas and Austin lies Waco, Texas, the 22nd most populous city in the state. Contemporary bungalows are very popular throughout the city, though many of the newer residential housing developments have a variety of home sizes and style influences to choose from. Both traditional and modern American housing types can be found, in addition to homes with architectural detailing that evokes the western, Tex-Mex feeling of the environment.
Overall, Waco is divided into the North Side, the South Side, and the East Side. It is further broken down into a number of different communities within each of these broad districts. The North side, located northwest of the downtown, includes neighborhoods like Brook Oaks, Cedar Ridge, Parkdale, Richland Hills, and Castle Heights. The South Side, a district with much history and many retail and business spaces, includes six sectors, which are Alta Vista, Brazos, Baylor, Kendrick, Oakwood, and University. Only three sectors, Carver, East Riverside, and Timbercrest, are located in the East Side of Waco. The city center, or downtown, contains many mixed-use development areas that are used for both commercial and residential purposes.
The pillars of Waco’s strong economy are jobs in the following sectors: health and medical facilities, retail and commerce, agriculture, education, government, business and professional services, and technology. Some of the top employers in the area are the Providence Health Center, L-3 Communications, Baylor Scott and White Health, Walmart, the City of Waco, and Sanderson Farms. In the realm of education, Baylor University is a major four-year institution located in Waco and is also the number one employer in the city, offering residents nearly 3,000 jobs. The Waco Independent School District is not far behind, holding 2,500 jobs between its various branches. A whopping 20,000 commuters make the trip each day from downtown Waco to their residence in or close to the city.