Waco, TX

Census Place

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Population
133,964
1.49% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
Median Age
28.4

Poverty Rate
26.8%

Median Household Income
$37,735
4.81% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$116,600
8.26% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
58,479
1.06% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Waco, TX had a population of 134k people with a median age of 28.4 and a median household income of $37,735. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Waco, TX grew from 131,996 to 133,964, a 1.49% increase and its median household income grew from $36,004 to $37,735, a 4.81% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Waco, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (42.6%), White (Hispanic) (26.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.2%), Other (Hispanic) (3.77%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.1%). NaNk% of the people in Waco, TX speak a non-English language, and 91.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waco, TX are Baylor University (4,568 degrees awarded in 2017), Texas State Technical College (3,139 degrees), and McLennan Community College (1,798 degrees).

The median property value in Waco, TX is $116,600, and the homeownership rate is 45.2%. Most people in Waco, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17 minutes. The average car ownership in Waco, TX is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in McLennan County, TX went to Donald J. Trump with 61% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (34.2%), followed by Other (4.74%). The most partisan county was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for McLennan County, TX
61% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Texas
  1. 94.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 93.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 92% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Texas was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Texas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Waco, TX is home to a population of 134k people, from which 91.5% are citizens. As of 2018, 11.3% of Waco, TX residents were born outside of the country (15.2k people).

In 2018, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (57.1k people) in Waco, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.9k White (Hispanic) and 28.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Waco, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    57.1k ± 1.16k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    35.9k ± 1.24k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    28.4k ± 814
32.4%
Hispanic Population
43.4k people

In 2018, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (57.1k people) in Waco, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.9k White (Hispanic) and 28.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

32.4% of the people in Waco, TX are hispanic (43.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Waco, TX as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
15.2k people
11.3%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
14.9k people

As of 2018, 11.3% of Waco, TX residents (15.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waco, TX was 11.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

26
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Waco, TX was 28.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 26, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Waco, TX are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Waco, TX residents was 29.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people
  2. India
    231,271 ± 11,757 people
  3. El Salvador
    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

91.5%
2018 Citizenship
91.5%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 91.5% of Waco, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Waco, TX was 91.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,195 ± 275
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,498 ± 284
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,162 ± 224

Waco, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Waco, TX is $37,735. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Waco, TX was Census Tract 25.04 with a value of $96,346, followed by Census Tract 37.06 and Census Tract 40, with respective values of $85,958 and $85,295.

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Waco, TX employs 58.5k people. The largest industries in Waco, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,942 people), Retail Trade (7,613 people), and Educational Services (7,344 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($44,094), Utilities ($41,332), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($40,114).

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,735
2018 value
± $1,304
4.81%
1 Year Growth
± 4.62%

Households in Waco, TX have a median annual income of $37,735, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,004 in 2017, which represents a 4.81% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Waco, TX compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953
Average Male Salary in Texas
± $716
$45,959
Average Female Salary in Texas
± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Texas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Texas
  1. Asian
    $64,947 ± $2,196
  2. White
    $52,072 ± $505
  3. American Indian
    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Texas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waco, TX is from Texas.
0.482
2017 Wage GINI in Texas
0.482
2016 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 25.04
  2. Census Tract 37.06
  3. Census Tract 40

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waco, TX was Census Tract 25.04 with a value of $96,346, followed by Census Tract 37.06 and Census Tract 40, with respective values of $85,958 and $85,295.

The following map shows all of the places in Waco, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waco, TX (33.7k out of 126k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    20,550 ± 1,147
  2. Hispanic
    12,711 ± 860
  3. Black
    9,667 ± 758

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waco, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

58.5k
2018 Value
± 1,871
1.06%
1 Year growth
± 4.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Waco, TX grew at a rate of 1.06%, from 57.9k employees to 58.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waco, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,032 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,234 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (5,018 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waco, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waco, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,032 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,234 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (5,018 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waco, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.48 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.44 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waco, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,678), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,102), and Legal Occupations ($63,594).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

58.5k
2018 Value
± 1,871
1.06%
1 Year growth
± 4.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Waco, TX grew at a rate of 1.06%, from 57.9k employees to 58.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waco, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,942 people), Retail Trade (7,613 people), and Educational Services (7,344 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waco, TX, though some of these residents may live in Waco, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Waco, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,942 people), Retail Trade (7,613 people), and Educational Services (7,344 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waco, TX has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.38 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.36 times), and Utilities (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waco, TX, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($44,094), Utilities ($41,332), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($40,114).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $282B
  2. $216B
  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline ($216B) and Mixed freight ($159B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T
2015 Value in Texas
$2.8T
Projected 2045 Value in Texas
42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $85.7B
  2. $53.4B
  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Waco, TX awarded 9,505 degrees. The student population of Waco, TX is skewed towards women, with 18,864 male students and 19,792 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waco, TX are White (5,309 and 57%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,535 and 27.2%), Black or African American (716 and 7.69%), and Asian (291 and 3.13%).

The largest universities in Waco, TX by number of degrees awarded are Baylor University (4,568 and 48.1%), Texas State Technical College (3,139 and 33%), and McLennan Community College (1,798 and 18.9%).

The most popular majors in Waco, TX are Liberal Arts & Sciences (919 and 9.67%), Registered Nursing (404 and 4.25%), and General Business Administration & Management (329 and 3.46%).

The median tuition costs in Waco, TX are $39,610 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 189 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 224 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 208 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Waco, TX was Accounting with 189 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Waco, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,568 degrees awarded
  2. 3,139 degrees awarded
  3. 1,798 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$39,610
Median Private

In 2017, the Waco, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Baylor University with 4,568 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,647
Degrees Awarded to Men
4,858
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 4,647 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waco, TX, which is 0.957 times less than the 4,858 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Waco, TX by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,309 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,535 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    716 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waco, TX were to White students. These 5,309 degrees mean that there were 2.09 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,535 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waco, TX was $116,600 in 2018, which is 0.508 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $107,700 to $116,600, a 8.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Waco, TX is 45.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waco, TX have an average commute time of 17 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waco, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,600
2018 Median
± $3,810
$107,700
2017 Median
± $4,721

In 2018, the median property value in Waco, TX grew to to $116,600 from the previous year's value of $107,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waco, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waco, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$37,735
Median Household Income
± $1,304
48.1k
Number of Households
± 1,507

In 2018, the median household income of the 48.1k households in Waco, TX grew to $37,735 from the previous year's value of $36,004.

The following chart displays the households in Waco, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Waco, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waco, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

45.2%
2018 Homeownership
45.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 45.2% of the housing units in Waco, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 45.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Waco, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waco, TX have a shorter commute time (17 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.61% of the workforce in Waco, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    80.7%
  2. Carpooled
    10.9%
  3. Walked
    3.14%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Waco, TX was Drove Alone (80.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.9%) and those who Walked (3.14%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Waco, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waco, TX have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

83.5% of the population of Waco, TX has health coverage, with 44.2% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 8.26% on Medicare, 9.62% on non-group plans, and 1.9% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Texas was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in McLennan County, TX see 1428 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.66% decrease from the previous year (1467 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1922 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 727 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the country level. Showing data for McLennan County, TX.
1,428 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in McLennan County, TX

Primary care physicians in McLennan County, TX see an average of 1,428 patients per year. This represents a 2.66% decrease from the previous year (1,467 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in McLennan County, TX in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Texas.
$6,998
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Texas
$4,696
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,273
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,895
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

16.5%
Uninsured
44.2%
Employer Coverage
19.5%
Medicaid
8.26%
Medicare
9.62%
Non-Group
1.9%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waco, TX declined by 5.08% from 17.4% to 16.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waco, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 14.5% prevalence
  2. 14.4% prevalence
  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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