Livability Score

80
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities B+

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (6) F
Lincoln Perk Coffee House
Coffee Shop
Fat Cup
Coffee Shop
Cabin Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Sidecar
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Caribou Coffee
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (23) A+
Russell Rensselaer House Museum
Museum
Grout Museum of History and Science
Museum
John Deere Tractor & Museum
Museum
Dan Gable Wrestling Museum
Museum
Waterloo Community Playhouse
Theatre Arts
Kings & Queens Club
Nightclub
Icon Lounge
Nightclub
Phelps Youth Pavillion
Museum
RiverLoop Amphitheatre
Theatre Arts
Riverfront Stadium
Stadium
McBride Auditorium
Theatre Arts
Crossroads 12 Theatre
Cinema
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Lost Island Waterpark
Theme Park
Lost Island Waterpark
Water Park
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Food and Drink (28) D-
Behar Bar
Bar
Subway
Fast Food
Broken Record
Bar
Karma Bar
Bar
Saloon
Bar
SingleSpeed Brewing Co
Bar
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Bar
Smitty's Bar2
Bar
El Mecca Club
Bar
Hardee's
Fast Food
Dairy Queen
Fast Food
J's R & B
Bar
McDonald's
Fast Food
Subway
Fast Food
Spicoli's Reverb
Bar
Pancheros
Fast Food
A&W
Fast Food
Long John Silver's
Fast Food
Chick-fil-A
Fast Food
Culver's
Fast Food
Popeyes
Fast Food
Dairy Queen
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Hardee's
Fast Food
Pita Pit
Fast Food
Fitness (2) F
Cedar Valley SportsPlex
Gym
Veterans Memorial Hall
Community Centre
Groceries (18) C-
Hornbill Asian Market
Grocery Store
La Placita Mexican Store
Grocery Store
Byron Super Market
Grocery Store
Try Pie Bakery
Bakery
Rockets Bakery
Bakery
Hometown Foods
Grocery Store
Michoacana Meat Market
Butcher
La Michoacana
Grocery Store
Altstadt & Langlas Baking Co.
Bakery
Cork's Grocery
Grocery Store
Ray's Supermarket
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Fareway
Grocery Store
Walmart Supercenter
Grocery Store
Sam Club
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
Fareway
Grocery Store
Natural Grocer
Grocery Store
Parks (88) A+
Elks Memorial Park
Park
Washington Park
Park
RiverLoop
Park
Mark's Park
Playground
Soldiers and Sailors Park
Park
Leavitt Park
Park
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Hope Martin Memorial Park
Park
Wiggly Field Dog Park
Park
Pioneer Park
Park
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Playground
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Playground
Miller Park
Park
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Playground
Liberty Park
Park
Rooff Park
Park
Lincoln Park
Park
Touchae Park
Park
Cedar River Park
Park
Byrnes Park
Park
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Park
Riverfrount Stadium
Park
Exchange Park
Park
Sullivan Memorial Park
Park
Shops (48) C+
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Mall
Waterloo Bicycle Works
Bicycle
Kwik Star
Convenience Store
Epic Finds
Furniture
Style Avenue
Clothing
Oh So In Boutique
Clothing
Finery Bridal and Trend Boutique
Clothing
SYncamore Convenience
Convenience Store
Dollar General
Discount Store
Family Dollar
Discount Store
Kwik Trip
Convenience Store
Marathon
Convenience Store
Family Dollar
Discount Store
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Convenience Store
Logan Convenience Store
Convenience Store
Kwik Star #723
Convenience Store
Broadway Liquor
Convenience Store
Metro Mart
Convenience Store
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Convenience Store
Neighborhood Mart
Convenience Store
Dan's Discount Warehouse
Discount Store
Family Christian
Books
Menards
Home Improvement
Shoe Carnival
Shoes
TJ Maxx
Department Store
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 0.9% take public transportation in Waterloo.
Public Transit Stops (50)
Stops & Stations
A+
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Workers Taking Public Transit
0.9%
F
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Waterloo is 80/100 - which is 10% lower than Iowa.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
A+
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
D
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crime F

Waterloo crime rates are 3,072 per 100k, which is 90% higher than Iowa
Property Crime
2,493 crimes per 100k
D-
Violent Crime
579 crimes per 100k
F
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employment D-

The median income in Waterloo is $46,942 - which is 14% lower than Iowa.
Med. Household Income
$46,942
F
Unemployment Rate
4.4%
F
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health A-

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (21)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
D-
Black Hawk Sheriff's Office
Police
Waterloo Fire and Rescue Station 1
Fire Station
Waterloo Police Department
Police
Peoples Community Health Clinic
Clinic
Waterloo Fire and Rescue Station 4
Fire Station
Walgreen's
Pharmacy
Waterloo Fire and Rescue Station 5
Fire Station
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Waterloo Fire and Rescue Station 6
Fire Station
Crossroads Dental
Dentist
MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center
Hospital
Waterloo Fire and Rescue Station 8
Fire Station
Allen Hospital
Hospital
United Medical Park
Clinic
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Waterloo Fire Rescue - Station 3
Fire Station
Allen Women's Health - Waterloo
Doctor
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Greenhill Family Dentistry
Dentist
UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Evansdale
Doctor
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
A-
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housing B+

Waterloo home prices are $117,000 - which is 12% lower than Iowa
Home Price
$117,000
F
Home Appreciation Rate
9%
D+
Home Affordability
2.5x (home price to income ratio)
A+
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schools C-

The Waterloo graduation rate is 82% - which is 7% lower than Iowa
School Test Scores
50%
D-
High School Grad. Rates
82%
C-
Elementary Schools (19) D-
Irving Elementary School
Sacred Heart School
Kingsley Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Fred Becker Elementary School
Kittrell Elementary School
Blessed Sacrament School
Cunningham School
Lincoln Elementary School
Hoover Middle School
Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School
Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
Lou Henry Elementary School
Waterloo Christian School
George Washington Carver Academy
Highland Elementary School
Expo Alternative Learning Center
Central Middle School
Valley Lutheran School
Orchard Hill Elementary School
Cedar Heights Elementary School
High Schools (5) F
East High School
West High School
Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
Waterloo Christian School
Expo Alternative Learning Center
Valley Lutheran School
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ratings A-

Waterloo has an overall rating of 80% from 16 reviews.
User Reviews (1)
From AreaVibes
A+
User Surveys (15)
From AreaVibes
D+
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Waterloo, IA - Great For A Weekend Getaway 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Aug 05, 2010) My wife and I are retired, and we like to travel and see different places. We planned a trip to Waterloo, IA. We chose to take our vacation there because we like to go to casinos. We stayed at The Isle Casino and Hotel for 3 days. This was a nice place to stay because there was a ...Read More casino on the site. The Hotel staffs were courteous at all times and helpful when we had questions. Our room was made to be comfortable and our wake-up calls were always on time.

During our trip to the city of Waterloo went to go see Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. They had a one mile walking trail that enabled us to see all the beautiful gardens. The daffodils were just gorgeous. The staffs were very nice and offered my wife a wheelchair to ride in because she tends to tire easily. This made our visit even more enjoyable.

In Waterloo, we ate a restaurant called Bishop's Buffet. We had a choice to either eat from the buffet or order off of their menu. We enjoyed the salads, and the selection of pies was great, they had every kind of pie imaginable! We were impressed with the food and service. However, the bathrooms were not very clean.

We enjoyed our visit to Waterloo, IA and plan on going back next year. We would recommend visiting this friendly town to anyone. Waterloo, IA is a great place for a weekend getaway. Read Less
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B+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Waterloo? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.

Parks

Elks Memorial Park
Washington Park
RiverLoop
Mark's Park
Soldiers and Sailors Park
Leavitt Park
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Entertainment

Russell Rensselaer House Museum
Grout Museum of History and Science
John Deere Tractor & Museum
Dan Gable Wrestling Museum
Waterloo Community Playhouse
Kings & Queens Club
Icon Lounge
Phelps Youth Pavillion

Food & Drink

Behar Bar
Subway
Broken Record
Karma Bar
Saloon
SingleSpeed Brewing Co
Unknown Name
Smitty's Bar2

A- Commute

Is public transit available in Waterloo? Of all people who commute, 0.9% take public transportation in Waterloo.
Drive to Work
78%

2% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit
1%

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
2%

1% lower than the US average

C Health & Safety

Is Waterloo a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Allen Hospital
MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center

Pharmacies

Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Walgreens
Walgreens
Walgreen's

Doctors

Allen Women's Health - Waterloo

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