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Hey College Grads, Now is a Great Time to be in Waco!

A new college graduate would find in Waco a vibrant downtown, almost 400 restaurants and a diverse list of manufacturing employers — factors that contribute to making it the fourth-best destination for those receiving their degrees among 204 midsize cities nationally.

That’s according to, which placed Waco only behind Fayetteville, Arkansas; Lexington, Kentucky; and Amarillo on its list of communities with the best combination of lifestyle and opportunity. counted midsize cities as those with a population between 150,000 and 750,000. It applied factors including median monthly rents, percentage of housing units occupied by renters, percentage of population between 20 and 34, median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders, concentration of arts and entertainment establishments, state job growth projections, employment status, and cost of living, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, according to a press release.

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