Waco, NC

Waco, situated in Cleveland County, is a small town made up of .8 square miles.

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The town is named in honor of Waco, Texas. The town's history can be traced back to 1880 as the town's post office has been open since then.


The median resident age in Waco is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $23,000 making it about $25,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $14,000. The average price for a home in Waco is about $90,000 (2015) which is $70,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Waco is 79% White, 20% Black, 1% Other. 71% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 42% are married, 16% are divorced, 4% are separated, 14% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

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Cleveland County

Waco belongs to Cleveland County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, is part of the Shelby, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Cleveland County has a population of 98,000 and its largest city Shelby, with a population of 20,000, is the county seat.

In 1841, the county was created from parts of Rutherford and Lincoln counties. Benjamin Cleveland, an American Revolutionary War colonel who fought in the Battle of King's Mountain, is who the county was named for. The county was spelled "Cleaveland" until 1887 when it was changed to it's modern spelling "Cleveland".

Cleveland County borders Burke, Lincoln, Gaston, York (South Carolina), Cherokee (South Carolina), and Rutherford counties.

Cleveland County is made up of 468 square miles. 464 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Waco, NC is about 320. The population has seen a decrease since 2000.


The elevation of Waco, NC is 925 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Waco, NC is 28169.

Area Code

The area code for Waco, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Waco and Cleveland County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 38% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 61% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Waco is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing alone makes for nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Shelby Star and The Eagle are the primary newspapers that cover the Cleveland County area.


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