Woodway, Texas

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Woodway, Texas
Location of Woodway, Texas
Location of Woodway, Texas
McLennan County Woodway.svg
Coordinates: 31°30′11″N 97°13′26″W / 31.50306°N 97.22389°W / 31.50306; -97.22389Coordinates: 31°30′11″N 97°13′26″W / 31.50306°N 97.22389°W / 31.50306; -97.22389
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.58 sq mi (17.05 km2)
 • Land6.57 sq mi (17.01 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total9,383
 • Density1,373.73/sq mi (530.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code254
FIPS code48-80224[2]
GNIS feature ID1371942[3]

Woodway is a city in McLennan County, Texas, United States. The population was 9,383 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Woodway is located at 31°30′11″N 97°13′26″W / 31.50306°N 97.22389°W / 31.50306; -97.22389 (31.503066, –97.223812).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
Woodway racial composition as of 2020[6]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 7,348 78.31%
Black or African American (NH) 380 4.05%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 25 0.27%
Asian (NH) 230 2.45%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 10 0.11%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 397 4.23%
Hispanic or Latino 991 10.56%
Total 9,383

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,383 people, 3,177 households, and 2,602 families residing in the city.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,733 people, 3,382 households, and 2,759 families residing in the city. Of this population 49.38% were male and 50.62% were female. The population density was 1,324.1 people per square mile (510.9/km2). There were 3,481 housing units at an average density of 527.8 per square mile (203.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.71% White, 2.23% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.

There were 3,382 households, out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $70,139, and the median income for a family was $80,161. Males had a median income of $57,363 versus $30,822 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,306. About 2.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


The city of Woodway is served by both the Midway Independent School District.and the Waco Independent School District.


Originally founded in 1865 by Confederate[9] veteran Burl Kendrick,[10] Woodway was named by a committee of citizens[11] in the early 1950s. Following the Supreme Court decisions Brown v. Board of Education and Brown II, the city of Waco mounted an attempt to desegregate the public school system.[12] In response to the integration attempts, residents incorporated on June 20, 1955, under the name "Woodway," a portmanteau of the area's existing place names, Woodland West and the Village of Midway.[10]

Points of interest[edit]

The Carleen Bright Arboretum (15 acres (61,000 m2)) is an arboretum with gardens located at 9001 Bosque Boulevard in Woodway. It is open daily without fee. The arboretum is named in honor of Carleen Bright, long time Mayor of Woodway.[13] The site contains 6 acres (24,000 m2) of gardens, an amphitheater with covered gazebo, a small chapel, and a rental facility. Cardinals, the official bird of Woodway, are sometimes seen in the arboretum.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  7. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  8. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  9. ^ Family and friends of James M. Kendrick, Jr. "James M. Kendrick Jr. Papers, Inclusive: 1922-1945, Bulk: 1939-1944". legacy.lib.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  10. ^ a b "Woodway History | Woodway, TX". www.woodway-texas.com. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  11. ^ Ladino, Robyn Duff (2010-01-01). Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-77792-7.
  12. ^ Gong, Wei-ling (2018-01-22). A history of integration of the Waco public schools : 1954 to the present (Masters thesis). Baylor University.
  13. ^ Smith, Carrie (23 October 2015). "Longtime Woodway leader Carleen Bright dies at 100". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[7][8]

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