Waterloo, IA

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About Waterloo, IA

Waterloo, Iowa is a charming city located in the heart of northeast Iowa. It features a small-town atmosphere combined with big city amenities. Residents here enjoy plenty of shopping and entertainment options such as Crossroads Mall or the National Cattle Congress Grounds. There are also several outdoor activities to take part in at George Wyth State Park or Sullivan Lake. With its strong economy, scenic beauty and amazing attractions, it's no wonder why so many people choose to call Waterloo their home! Small-city complex - Northeast Iowa along the Cedar River.

State: Iowa
County: Black Hawk County
Metro Area: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metro Area
City: Waterloo
Zip Codes: 50701 50702 50703
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 868 ft above sea level

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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Waterloo Cost of Living

Cost of living, small town lifestyle, and outdoor recreation make Waterloo a great place to live.

-179.4% lower than avg
-39.6% lower than avg
$827 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-38.8% lower than avg
Waterloo Crime
47.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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The bike racks recently installed on the MET buses was a great idea for a community that has numerous bike riders and  More

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Over 16 years ago

Unless you're into getting wasted on a regular basis there's not a lot to do here. Most people barhop for fun. Being someone who doesn't drink and doesn't enjoy being  More

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Over 16 years ago

So the weather is emotional here - on and off during the summer its hot and rainy, yet during the fall it is quite often beautiful. Winters can be long, and spring can  More

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