Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsC+
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesB-
- Cost of LivingB+
- Health & FitnessB-
- Outdoor ActivitiesC+
Waterloo is a town in Iowa with a population of 68,134. Waterloo is in Black Hawk County. Living in Waterloo offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Waterloo there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Waterloo and residents tend to have moderate political views.
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Waterloo has a very nice downtown area and has a lot of diversity! There are a lot of people that are friendly and helpful but crime is also increasing in Waterloo. There are plenty of nice homes but many neighborhoods that could use rebuilding and businesses that have been closing down. There is not much to do to keep yourself busy so many people that I know work as much as possible. It is a larger town and the local colleges have very helpful staff and great programs! The employment in Waterloo consist of low wage jobs such as fast food, retail, cleaning, or CDL licensed truck drivers. I would like to see improvements on behalf of entertainment; those attempting to save money who would like to be able to go out for the weekend. Overall, not a bad place to live but also not very enticing!
I was born an raised in the Rath Area neighborhood on the Eastside. W'loo is a place that'll toughen you up, to prepare you for life outside of it. I've had 2 family members murdered there, I've been homeless, but I got a good education, met ppl who are family even though not related, and I learned how to be humble and appreciate what I have. My boxing career started here at the age of 12. Now I'm pro and live in Minneapolis. I still come to visit my family on the Eastside. This city has great food, tough but loyal ppl, good schools, cheap housing, and some amazing talent. Plus it's the most ethnic and diverse city in the state! I've never forgot where I came from. #LooTown #H2OLoo #CedarValley # Blackhawk
I’ve been in Waterloo my whole life i would say it’s going to turn into a retirement town the only things I would say that are good is the cheap housing and education system. There is not much to do for the youth or in general, the jobs are minimal here you can only go so far in this town career wise. The crime and poverty rate is high they have programs to assist but sometimes i feel like they don’t want to help. I’m tryin to move to Des Moines this year and finish school and hopefully move somewhere warmer in the future I want to be somewhere with a diversity of things to do and more better job opportunities Waterloo will always be hometown but it’s not thriving and that’s why I feel like a lot of people are leaving all they care about is tearing up the roads anyways lol a lot of people here are messy and miserable cause there’s nothing else to do to keep busy