Waterloo is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 10,236 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Waterloo is the 222nd largest community in Illinois.
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, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waterloo who work in office and administrative support (19.12%), management occupations (12.85%), and sales jobs (12.60%).
Also of interest is that Waterloo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Waterloo is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Waterloo’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Waterloo, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.64 minutes every day commuting to work.
The education level of Waterloo citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.90% of adults in Waterloo have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waterloo in 2010 was $33,218, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,872 for a family of four. However, Waterloo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Waterloo include Irish, English, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Waterloo is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Italian.