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

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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
    793
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    88
    41
  • Robbery
    79
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,140
    525
  • Theft
    2,042
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    187
    263

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 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!
The reality is that crime is not exceptionally high in Waterloo. This is a perception perpetuated by the media. Tabulating our crime statistics half way into the year show that since 2009, Waterloo’s overall crime rate is down 32%. From January 1 through June 30 in 2009, 5442 crimes had been reported in Waterloo. From January 1 through June 30 in 2017, that number is down to 3698. We have seen a dramatic drop in crimes such as vandalism and disorderly conduct; vandalisms are down 64% (2009- 832 vs. 2017- 301) and disorderly conducts are down 90% (2009- 591 vs. 2017- 62). Traffic crashes in Waterloo are also down 22% since 2009. The police department attributes these successes to a robust and reinvigorated community policing effort, as well our emphasis on identifying and holding accountable the most violent individuals in our community. Yes, we still have our challenges in Waterloo, but the accomplishments we have achieved are noteworthy and show that we are on the path to success.