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Old 11-05-2007, 08:48 AM
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I am considering a job offer for a temporary position working for a company in Waco, Tx. It would be for approx. 5 months, paying considerably well and an extra living stipend of $500 per month. I am African American and currently live in the Atlanta area. I also have a son in kindergarten. That being said, I would like to know what the school system in Waco is as well as the neighborhoods and general living climate as far as minorities.

Can any one give me any suggestions? Possibly another city close by that I could commute from? I have only been to TX on business - twice - and basically saw the airport and an office park. Please help!


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Old 11-05-2007, 11:35 AM
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Location: The Brazos River runs thru it.
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For starters Waco population is 200,000 with 25% AA, 28%Hispanic. Waco ISD is mostly black and hispanic district with some good and bad schools over 17,000 students. La Vega ISD, Midway ISD offer a better education then WISD. But if you want to be your child to have a muti-cultural envirorment, then WISD is the choice. Avoid East Waco, North Waco, and the southside near Downtown when choosing a place to live, mostly low income and high ends of poverty exist(Its a crying shame). The suburbs of Hewitt, Bellmead, Lacy-Lakeview and parts of Waco near Lake Waco are quiet and nice. Most AA who live in Waco are starting to move from the central city to the transition zones of the city. Hope this helps and enjoy Waco.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:02 PM
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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I'm not familiar enough with the area to offer much help, but here's the link to the local newspaper in Waco that might help you get a better feel for the area/rentals, etc:

WacoTrib.com | Waco, Texas

Good luck & I hope it all works out for you and your son!
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:39 PM
Location: California
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The only reason I would not move there is becaues it is boring, but since the move is temporary it would probably be a nice quiet break. I have family there, I don't know much about it besides I am always bored there.. lol.
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:51 AM
Location: Garland Texas
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If you rental allowance is $500 a month then I recommend either the suburbs of Bellmead or Lacy-Lakeview. As far as demographics, I grew up in Bellmead (LaVega School District), and my high school was about 50% white, 25% black, 25% hispanic......now I graduated in 1990 so the number may have changed some. I have family that still lives in Bellmead and Lacy-Lakeview, and they say things are still the same. The rents are cheaper in those 2 cities......Now I do not recommend East Waco....VERY HIGH CRIME AREA......not really the place you want to raise your child. When will the job start......from September til June, Waco can be exciting......all the colleges are in session...but from June thru August its Hot and pretty lazy.
Hope this helps. Feel free to messege me if you have any more questions.
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