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I have lived in Waterloo for 15 years. I might children have attended Waterloo Public Schools comma it's one who graduated last year. Waterloo offers a lot of cultural diversity and I have been proud to raise my daughters in a community where they are exposed two people of different cultures and religions. Waterloo is a family-friendly community. There are a variety of activities including the Center for the Arts, the Cedar Valley Sports Complex, and the Cedar Valley trail system for biking and walking. Downtown Waterloo supports a variety of engaging activities during the spring summer and fall including a farmers market. I am happy to be a resident of Waterloo Iowa
Waterloo is your typical Midwest town that is consistently growing and adding new features that make it a fun place to live or visit. There has been a recent incentive to rebuild the historic downtown and while it may have some growing pains, it's heading in the right direction!
Small city feel. Ample shopping. Decent jobs, including several John Deere sites and 3 hospitals, call centers including debt collections. Lots of cultural diversity for being in Iowa. Very close to the University of Northern Iowa, which is an excellent college. Waterloo also has its own local community colleges - Hawkeye Community College and Upper Iowa University. Would like to see a better public school system, Waterloo schools ranked in bottom 5th percentile in Iowa. There are very high percentages of students in the 3rd through 5th grades who do not have reading and math scores at the state mandated levels. My kids attend the Waterloo school district and I am considering moving just to get them a better education.