Waterloo, IA
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Waterloo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 68,460 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Waterloo is the fifth largest community in Iowa.

Waterloo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.83%), sales jobs (9.75%), and food service (6.32%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.76 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of Waterloo overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Waterloo, 21.25% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Waterloo in 2010 was $22,928, 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 $91,712 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.