Waterloo, IA
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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.

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 (13.60%), sales jobs (9.34%), and management occupations (6.34%).

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 16.33 minutes getting to work every day.

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.