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Overview

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.

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

Local 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,197
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+5,157
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married58.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.5%
Median Earnings25+$46,005
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$34,063
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,078

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,484
% Above Poverty Level95.4%
% Below Poverty Level4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone26%
Median Gross Rent$846
Median House Value$177,900

Ancestry

German48%
Irish19.6%
French Except Basque8.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.5%
English6.6%
Italian3.7%
Scottish2.5%
Polish2.1%
Welsh1.2%
Canadian1.1%
Croatian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Swiss0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Greek0.1%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Waterloo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monroe County
Standard Zip Codes62298
Phone Area Codes618
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.33
Approximate Longitude-90.15

Waterloo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWATERLOO
Distance0.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp45 to 66 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.1 inches
StationFESTUS
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp41 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp42 to 70 F
Annual Precip39.9 inches
StationKASKASKIA RIV NAV LOCK
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Columbia10,193$98,008
Hecker519$67,083
Maeystown138$59,464
Millstadt3,911$77,530

Waterloo Public Libraries

Morrison-talbott Library
215 PARK STREET
Waterloo, Illinois
(618) 939-6232

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Waterloo Public Schools

Gardner Elementary School
1 Ed Gardner Pl
ZIP: 62298
(618) 939-3060
Middle
Total Enrollment 389
Rogers Elem School
200 Rogers St
ZIP: 62298
(618) 939-3454
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
W J Zahnow Elem School
301 Hamacher St
ZIP: 62298
(618) 939-3458
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Waterloo High School
505 E Bulldog
ZIP: 62298
(618) 939-3455
High
Total Enrollment 838
Waterloo Junior High School
200 Bellefontaine Dr
ZIP: 62298
(618) 939-3457
Middle
Total Enrollment 624

Waterloo Private Schools

Gibault Catholic High School
501 Columbia Ave
ZIP: 62298
Secondary
Total Enrollment 242
Sts Peter & Paul School
217 W 3rd St
ZIP: 62298
Elementary
Total Enrollment 294
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