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Overview

Introduction to Waterloo, Iowa

Waterloo is situated along the banks of the Cedar River in Black Hawk County. The Midwest municipality is known for its diverse population and is recognized as one of Iowa's notable historic cities. It's home to the John Deere Factory Assembly Plant.

History

The area was earlier known as Prairie Rapids Crossing. In 1845 George and Mary Hanna arrived in a wagon train and created a settlement near the Cedar River. In 1861 the first passenger train arrived. The city experienced significant growth from 1895 to 1915. The population was estimated to have increased by 290%.

During this era manufacturing businesses, rail transportation and wholesale companies were flourishing. It became known as "The Factory City of Iowa." It was home to prominent companies such as Rath Packing, Galloway Company and Litchfield Manufacturing.

Attractions

  • Touring the John Deere Tractor Assembly Plant is popular with tourists
  • The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum provides information on wrestling, including the ancient Greeks, collegiate, professional and Olympic wrestling and pays tribute to Olympic wrestler Dan Gable
  • The National Cattle Congress hosts a prominent annual fair and offers a variety of events
  • The Galleria de Paca is a well known restaurant which showcases a complete reproduction of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling
  • The Waterloo Black Hawks play in the United States Hockey League
  • The Cedar Falls Raceway features IHRA Drag Racing

Museums and Culture

  • Grout Museum District offers the story of Waterloo
  • The Cedar Falls Community Theatre provides a variety of productions featuring community members
  • The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center features live music, dance productions, opera and theatre productions
  • The George Wyth House and Viking Pump Museum showcases the former home of George Wyth, which features the Art Deco style from the 1920s
  • Rensselaer Russell House Museum offers mid-Victorian architecture and beautiful interiors and is one of the oldest houses in the county
  • The Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum dates back to the Civil War era and incldudes antique furnishings and artifacts
  • Waterloo Center for the Arts includes exhibits of Midwest art
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra is popular in Northeast Iowa
  • The Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens is a beautiful acreage which features the regions plants, flowers and trees

Activities

Downtown Waterloo offers a large number of festivals and other events such as Friday'loo, My Waterloo Days, Tourd'Loo and the Iowa Irish Festival. The Lost Island Waterpark is popular with residents and visitors. The Isle Hotel and Casino is located in the area. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail connects Cedar Rapids with Waterloo and traverses through a collection of rural towns. It provides opportunities for hiking, bicycle riding as well as cross-country skiing during the winter.

Cedar Valley Trail System is a major location for outdoor activities. It's a large acreage which includes numerous lakes and offers an extensive amount of paved trails. Black Hawk Park includes trails for hiking, bicycle riding, cross-country skiing and mountain bike riding. The park provides fishing opportunities in the local river and a camping area which includes cabins. Other notable locations for outdoor activities are Deerwood Campground, George Wyth State Park and Hickory Hills State Park. There are numerous golf courses in the region.

Demographics

People

Total Population68,357
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+31,813
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married44.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22%
Median Earnings25+$31,990
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,155
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,554

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,228
% Above Poverty Level83.2%
% Below Poverty Level16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$685
Median House Value$106,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.3%
Irish10.9%
English6.9%
Norwegian4%
Dutch2%
French Except Basque1.7%
Danishn1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Czech1.2%
African1.1%
Italian1%
Polish0.7%
Welsh0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Liberian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Kenyan0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
German0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
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Waterloo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Black Hawk County
Standard Zip Codes50701, 50703, 50702, 50707
P.O. Box Zip Codes50704
Phone Area Codes319
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.49
Approximate Longitude-92.35

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 MUNICIPAL AP
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.1 inches
StationINDEPENDENCE
Distance23.4 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationVINTON
Distance28.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cedar Falls40,828$83,187
Dunkerton895$76,042
Elk Run Heights1,006$65,833
Evansdale4,794$55,089
Hudson2,414$95,357
Raymond829$75,833

Waterloo Public Libraries

Waterloo Public Library
415 COMMERCIAL ST
Waterloo, Iowa
(319) 291-4496

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Waterloo Hospitals

Covenant Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3421 West 9th Street
(319) 236-4111
Allen Hospital
1825 Logan Avenue
(319) 235-3941

Waterloo Public Schools

Central Middle School
1350 Katoski Dr
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2100
Middle
Total Enrollment 513
Fred Becker Elementary School
1239 Sheldon St
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2180
Primary
Total Enrollment 577
Hoover Middle School
630 Hillcrest Rd
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2830
Middle
Total Enrollment 819
Kingsley Elementary School
201 Sunset Rd
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2210
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Lou Henry Elementary School
312 Rachael St
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2860
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Orange Elementary School
5805 Kimball Ave
ZIP: 50701
(319) 433-2880
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Irving Elementary School
1115 W. 5th Street
ZIP: 50702
(319) 433-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Kittrell Elementary School
1304 Oregon St
ZIP: 50702
(319) 433-2910
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Lowell Elementary School
1628 Washington St
ZIP: 50702
(319) 433-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
West High School
425 E Ridgeway Ave
ZIP: 50702
(319) 433-2700
High
Total Enrollment 1667
Cunningham School
1224 Mobile St
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 448
East High School
214 High St
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-2400
High
Total Enrollment 1068
Expo Alternative Learning Center
1410 Independence Ave
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-1930
Other
Total Enrollment 489
George Washington Carver Academy
1505 Logan Ave
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-2500
Middle
Total Enrollment 438
Highland Elementary School
812 Idaho St
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-2630
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Lincoln Elementary School
302 Cedar Bend St
ZIP: 50703
(319) 433-1990
Primary
Total Enrollment 462

Waterloo Private Schools

Blessed Sacrament School
600 Stephan Ave
ZIP: 50701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
Waterloo Christian School
1307 W Ridgeway Ave
ZIP: 50701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 142
Columbus High School
3231 W 9th St
ZIP: 50702
Secondary
Total Enrollment 293
Sacred Heart School
620 W 5th St
ZIP: 50702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 157
Sonrise Christian School & Daycare
928 Jefferson St
ZIP: 50702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
St Edward School
139 E Mitchell Ave
ZIP: 50702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 342
Immanuel Lutheran School
207 Franklin St
ZIP: 50703
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
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