Life in the Heart of Texas
QUALITY OF LIFE
Waco Regional Airport (ACT): Fly Easy - Fly Waco! Commercial flights daily, served by American Eagle and Continental. Mexia- Limestone County Airport (KLXY) Charter services available.
Cameron Park Zoo is a true achievement - a small-city zoo with so much style and quality, you'd expect to have to fight traffic and crowds to experience it (but you won't!)
The excellent access to health care available in the Heart of Texas is a main contributor to our high quality of life.
Two large, regional health systems - Baylor Scott & White/Hillcrest and Providence Health Center - have campuses in Waco and satellite clinics in surrounding areas. They offer state-of-the-art facilities and access to specialists, which ensure that our residents can give up traffic and congestion without giving up peace of mind about their health.
Regional hospitals and clinics provide excellent coverage in the smaller counties as well. Goodall Wicher Hospital in Bosque County, Falls Community Hospital and Clinic in Falls County, Hill Regional Hospital in Hill County, and Limestone Medical Center in Limestone County meet day-to day needs and offer access to specialists, surgeons, and other high-level care options in smaller town settings.
Cost of Living
The Heart of Texas Region is an extremely affordable place to do business, to live, and to visit.
Cost of living in the Heart of Texas area is below the state and national averages - both in the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area and in the smaller and more rural communities and unincorporated areas.
Whether you fly, drive, or take the train - it's easy to get to the Heart of
Texas. Of course, once you get here, you may not want to leave!
1-35 and 1-45 cross through the Heart of Texas region.
Sports and Leisure
Whether your interest is high school football, college basketball, or
disc golf, the Heart of Texas is a great place to enjoy sports and
For families and folks of all ages, ACTIVE RECREATION is available
throughout the region.
•WATER - The Brazos and Bosque rivers, as well as Lakes Aquilla, Whitney,
Waco, Fairfield, Limestone, and Richland Chambers, offer opportunities for
fishing, boating, kayaking, and other water sports. Public swimming pools
in Limestone, Freestone, and Hill Counties offer cool recreation during much
of the year, and a water park and splash pads in Mclennan County are
open to the public. Visit our communities' pages for more information.
• PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS - Beautiful, spacious parks exist throughout the region and are as different as the region's communities. For more information about these - and to find specific amenities like basketball courts, tennis courts, playscapes, etc. - please visit our communities directly. Located in Waco, Cameron Park is 416 acres of trails, disc golf, waterfront beauty, playscapes, and other activity areas.
• For nail-biting SPECTATOR SPORTS action, it's hard to beat the Baylor Basketball season - but a range of other sports activities exist as well. Click here to find out more about Baylor sports.
• Check out the recent State Champion Mart Tigers high school football team, or visit our communities for information about other high school football and sports programs.
The Heart of Texas is the only place in the state with a community college, a university, and a Texas State Technical College campus all in the same city. This means we're uniquely suited to bring innovative partnerships and a 360-degree approach to educating tomorrow's workforce. Not only do TSTC, McLennan Community College, and Baylor University serve the region from Waco, but Hill College (with campuses in Hill and Bosque Counties) and Navarro College (with a campus in Limestone County) offer learning resources as well.
Pre-K through secondary students find a lot to choose from among the school districts in the Heart of Texas. Visit our communities or the Region 12 Education Service Center to find out more about the exciting things going on in local schools!