B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$104,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$672
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

Waterloo Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    793
    0
  • Murder
    6
    0
  • Rape
    88
    41
  • Robbery
    79
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,140
    1
  • Theft
    2,042
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    187
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,933
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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Waterloo Reviews

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Waterloo has a nice diverse array in people, food, and entertainment. There is always something to do here. For example in the summertime they have many free activities for anyone. Many are family centered. There are concerts, festivals, live entertainment, programs, museums, parks , and plenty of things to chooses from for free. Of course there are movie theaters, malls, restaurants, and bars and grilles. There are many different choices for food here. If you like dining in, to go, or buffet style there is much to choose from. You can pick from anything you can think of. Such as Chinese food, Mexican , southern style, Italian, American, Asian , and more! The people here are just as cultured and very polite. I have met many people from all over the world who came here for school, then stayed to raise their family here. There are four seasons to enjoy as well. Wheat a great place to live and be a part of!
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I have lived in Waterloo, Iowa since I was born. Waterloo can be a great place to raise a family and enjoy your life but also can be a place of fear, It all depends on the part of Waterloo. Its unfortunate that this town has a place to raise a wonderful family at, but the public school system isnt the best, not many places for families nor children to enjoy themselves throughout the year as well. The bad parts of Waterloo are full of shootings and murders and is also the area where more of the poor people reside, I feel bad for the children who are growing up in that unfortunate area of the town because of all the corruption in those areas of poverty in this town. Over all if Waterloo could change a list of things it could possibly be on the top 25 places to live!
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