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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$114,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$740
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Waterloo Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    367
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    50.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    78.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    784
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,846.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    209.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Waterloo

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,297
National
$55,322
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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!
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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