Waco is a large country town. Don't know exactly where you lived before but compared to most larger cities, traffic is light to moderate. You can still live in the country and commute to work in under 30 minutes. As with any city there are great locations to live within the city limits. There is one lake within the city limits, Lake Waco and two within 45 minutes, Lake Whitney and Lake Belton. So summer water sports are easy to get to !