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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

247,934
5.5
1,060.2
1,037.1
350–960
34.69
36.1
96.3
115,790
3.8
$1,232,348,871
$37,260
$18,974,181,058
$3,611,343,143

map of McLennan County
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Physical Features: Central Texas county of mostly Blackland prairie, but rolling hills in west; drains to Bosque, Brazos rivers and Lake Waco, Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir, Lake Creek Lake; heavy, loam, sandy soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, education, health services.

locator map for McLennan County

History: Tonkawas, Wichitas and Wacos in area. Anglo-American settlers arrived in the 1840s. Indians removed to Brazos reservations in 1854. County created from Milam County in 1850, organized the same year; named for settler, Neil McLennan Sr.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 56.6; Black, 15.0; Hispanic, 25.8; Asian, 1.7; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 3,618; deaths, 2,123; marriages, 1,576; divorces, 886.

Recreation: Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, museum; Texas Sports Hall of Fame; Dr Pepper Museum; Cameron Park; drag boat races April and May; zoo; historic sites, homes; museums; libraries, art center; symphony; civic theater; Baylor University events; Heart o’ Texas Fair in October.

Minerals: Sand, gravel, limestone.

Agriculture: Corn, silage, wheat, beef cattle, dairies. Market value $183 million.

Education: Baylor University; community college; Texas State Technical College; university extensions.

WACO (135,662) county seat; aerospace/aviation, manufacturing, higher education, medical services/hospitals, government/services; riverside park, historic suspension bridge, zoo; Waco Mommonth National Monument; wine festivals in April and October.

Hewitt (14,282) iron works, other manufacturing; hamburger cookoff in September.

West (2,961) famous for Czech foods; varied manufacturing; Westfest Labor Day weekend.

Waco Suspension Bridge, built in 1869.

Waco Suspension Bridge, built in 1869. Photo by John Pronk.

Other towns include: Axtell (300); Bellmead (10,650); Beverly Hills (2,053); Bruceville-Eddy (1,897, partly in Falls County); China Spring (1,399); Crawford (746); Elm Mott (300); Gholson (1,107); Hallsburg (532); Lacy-Lakeview (6,630); Leroy (341); Lorena (1,771); Mart (1,928) agricultural center, some manufacturing, museum, juvenile correction facility.

Also, McGregor (5,145) agriculture, manufacturing, distribution; private telephone museum; Frontier Founders Day in September; Moody (1,398) agriculture, commuting to Waco, Temple; library; Cotton Harvest fest in September; Riesel (1,033); Robinson (11,963); Ross (300); Woodway (9,115).

Part of Golinda (561, mostly in Falls County) and part of Valley Mills (1,193, mostly in Bosque County).