Waterloo, New York

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Waterloo, New York

Introduction to Waterloo, New York

Waterloo, New York, in Seneca County, is 37 miles W of Syracuse, New York and 102 miles E of Buffalo, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 5,111 people lived in Waterloo.

Waterloo History

Jabez Gorham became the first European in the area when he arrived sometime around 1795. Iroquois Native Americans once inhabited this area, but most relocated after the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. Waterloo was first incorporated as a village in 1824, then reincorporated in 1866.

Waterloo and nearby Attractions

  • Arcadia Historical Museum
  • Harriet Tubman Home
  • Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • Women's Rights National Historic Park

Things To Do In Waterloo

The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum has many horse-drawn vehicles from the 19th century on display. The Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park offers boating and fishing opportunities to visitors, while the Cayuga Lake State Park has picnic areas and a playground, along with fishing and boating opportunities. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is spread out over 7,000 acres and contains a 2-mile walking trail, a 3.5-mile scenic drive, observation towers and a visitor center.

Waterloo Transportation

Syracuse Hancock International is the closest major airport.

Waterloo Higher Education

Finger Lakes Community College, Cornell University, Ithaca College and Onondaga Community College are some of the colleges and universities accessible from Waterloo.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 19% Waterloo Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Waterloo, New York

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 3
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 5
Portion of People Married 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 3
Median Family Income 4 3
People in Middle Class or Better 4 3
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 6 7
People Living Alone 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 9
Housing Recently Built 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Waterloo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles W of Syracuse, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles E of Buffalo, New York
County Seneca
Standard Zip Codes 13165
Phone Area Codes 315
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.904
Longitude -76.863

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 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station AUBURN
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
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Waterloo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,111 100%
Male 2,347 45.9%
Female 2,764 54.1%
Under 18 1,254 24.5%
18+ 3,857 75.5%
65+ 1,048 20.5%
Median Age 39.3
Average Family Size 3.01
White 4,989 97.6%
African-American 42 0.8%
Asian 25 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 9 0.2%
Mixed Race 40 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 60 1.2%

Estimated Waterloo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,134
Growth 23
Growth % 0.5%

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
Italian 20.7%
German 18.7%
English 16.2%
Irish 14.4%
US/American 10.9%
Dutch 4%
Polish 3.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.7%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Scottish 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Danish 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Russian 0.4%
European 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Ukrainian 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:

Junius (13165)

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 5,111 $41,725
Cayuga 509 $50,156
Geneva 13,617 $41,224
Lyons 3,695 $45,781
Phelps 1,969 $48,207
Seneca Falls 6,861 $49,280
Union Springs 1,074 $49,667

Waterloo Public Libraries

Waterloo Library And Historical Society
Waterloo, New York
(315) 539-3313
Library Web Site

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Wal-mart in Waterloo

(As of 2006)
1855 State Route 5 20
(315) 539-2560
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Waterloo High Schools (2004)

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