Waterloo, IA
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Living in Waterloo


Waterloo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 67,934 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Waterloo is the fifth largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities, Waterloo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waterloo are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waterloo is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waterloo who work in office and administrative support (13.60%), sales jobs (9.34%), and management occupations (6.34%).

One of the benefits of Waterloo is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.33 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Waterloo is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Waterloo, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Waterloo citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.02% of adults in Waterloo have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Waterloo in 2010 was $24,170, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,680 for a family of four. However, Waterloo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waterloo is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Waterloo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waterloo residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Waterloo include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Yugoslavian.

The most common language spoken in Waterloo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.