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Pros

-Cost of living
-Small town lifestyle
-Outdoor recreation

Cons

-Harsh winters
-Economic cycles
-Entertainment


What Bert Has To Say About Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metro Area


The Waterloo-Cedar Falls area is a busy manufacturing and agricultural center dominated by such names as John Deere and IBP (meatpacking) among others. The downtown areas are typically Midwestern, functional and attractive mix of old and new. While entertainment and nightlife are minimal, there are waterfront parks and a well-used bike trail running 52 miles to Cedar Rapids on an old railroad grade. There are two noted science museums.

Cedar Falls lies 8 miles west of Waterloo and is home to the 13,000-student University of Northern Iowa. The area is vulnerable to the economic cycles of the farm industry, but has attractive housing costs and overall cost of living - among lowest in the state. Short commute times make it a stress-free place to live. Cedar Falls won a 2002 National Trust for Historic Preservation Great American Main Street Award.

Waterloo is situated on the banks of the Cedar River in northeast Iowa. The terrain is flat to gently rolling, mainly farmland. The climate is humid continental with four distinct seasons and highly variable temperature and precipitation. Summer is warm and humid, and receives most of the year’s rainfall as thunderstorms. Winter is cold and dry with occasional snow. There is some bitter cold, with an average of 3 days per year with a high temperature below zero. First freeze is early October, last is late April.


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Quick Facts About Waterloo


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Waterloo is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Waterloo jobs have Increased by 0.93 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Waterloo's cost of living is 20.00% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Waterloo's population is 68,248 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -0.46 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Waterloo is $87,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.00 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Waterloo public schools spend $12,219 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.2 students per teacher in Waterloo.

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the Cedar Valley is a great place to live
We've lived in the Cedar Valley region of northeast Iowa - centered on Waterloo/Cedar Falls - for about 4 years. People are friendly, there are great downtowns - ... (read more)
Waterloo - Pros/Cons
Pros: 1. Low crime rate 2. Extremely low cost of living and housing 3. Affordable place to live Cons: 1. Some economically depressed areas (there were a lot of... (read more)
Bike Racks on the MET Buses
The bike racks recently installed on the MET buses was a great idea for a community that has numerous bike riders and... (read more)
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