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 68,460 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Waterloo is the fifth largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waterloo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.39%), sales jobs (9.77%), and food service (5.99%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Waterloo spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.38 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Waterloo who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.20% of the adults in Waterloo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waterloo in 2010 was $22,628, 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 $90,512 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.