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Over 130,000 Texans call Waco home, but the city feels more like a small town than a bustling urban area. There’s a certain humble, eccentric charm that abounds here, and though it’s sandwiched between Austin and Dallas, Waco has an identity that feels deeply different from either of those places. The city is home to the biggest Baptist university in the world, Baylor University, and there’s a diverse mix of museums, attractions and leafy parks sprinkled around the still-revitalizing downtown. The mighty 474-foot Suspension Bridge stands guard over the Brazos River, almost like a protective force–which feels appropriate for a city that’s experienced its fair share of cultural pangs. The truth is that Waco is slowly, steadily evolving all the time, while still retaining its quietly distinctive character.
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