Waterloo, Illinois

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Waterloo, Illinois

Introduction to Waterloo, Illinois

Waterloo, Illinois, in Monroe county, is 21 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is included in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 7,614 people lived in Waterloo.

Waterloo History

Waterloo was first settled in by French explorers in the 1600s. American settlement in the area began with the arrival of James Garretson, Larken Rutherford and James Moore, who came from Virginia and Maryland. This was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. The plot of land, on which the community of Waterloo was established was purchased by Illinois State Senator George Forquer in 1818. German settlers began to arrive in the 1830s, which marked a considerable rise in the population of the area. Waterloo was officially incorporated in 1888.

Waterloo and nearby Attractions

  • Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
  • Peabody River State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Fort de Chartres
  • Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Waterloo

Lcal golfers can enjoy a round at Acorns Golf Links or at the Ridge Golf and Country Club. The St. Louis Zoo and World Aquarium is a popular local recreational spot. Local museums include the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, the Carondelet Historic Center, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and the Museum of Westward Expansion. The community hosts the Monroe County Fair every July.

Waterloo Transportation

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is nearby.

Waterloo Higher Education

Universities near Waterloo include Webster University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University.

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High Points

Waterloo strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

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Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Waterloo Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Waterloo, Illinois

Comparing Waterloo to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Senior Citizens 7 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Age of the Population 5 5
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 7 8
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Affordability of Rents 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
People Living Alone 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 3

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Waterloo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri
County Monroe
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62298
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.335
Longitude -90.149

Waterloo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
Station FESTUS
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
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Waterloo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,614 100%
Male 3,578 47%
Female 4,036 53%
Under 18 1,990 26.1%
18+ 5,624 73.9%
65+ 1,221 16%
Median Age 36.4
Average Family Size 3.05
White 7,521 98.8%
African-American 1 0%
Asian 25 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.3%
Other 13 0.2%
Mixed Race 32 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 52 0.7%

Estimated Waterloo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,225
Growth 1,611
Growth % 21.2%

Waterloo Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 60.1%
Irish 8.7%
English 6%
US/American 5.3%
French (except Basque) 4.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
Italian 3.8%
Polish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Dutch 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Swedish 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Waterloo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Burksville (62298)
Floraville (62298)
Foster Pond (62298)
Lou del (62298)
Madonnaville (62298)
Monroe City (62298)
New Hanover (62298)
Paderborn (62298)
Saint Joe (62298)
Tipton (62298)
Wartburg (62298)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waterloo 7,614 $57,894
Columbia 7,922 $69,059
Hecker 475 $51,071
Maeystown 148 $43,750
Millstadt 2,794 $56,378
Smithton 2,248 $59,875
Valmeyer 608 $58,646

Waterloo Public Libraries

Morrison-talbott Library
Waterloo, Illinois
(618) 939-6232
Library Web Site

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Wal-mart in Waterloo

(As of 2006)
961 N Market Street
(618) 939-3416
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