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%

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Waterloo Reviews

88 reviews
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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
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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.