Waterloo 71 Excellent
Waterloo Livability #588 ranked city in Iowa#10,829 ranked city in the USARanks better than 63% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Waterloo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Waterloo Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Iowa
8119% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waterloo cost of living
F Waterloo Crime Total crime is 59% higher than Iowa
Total crime
3,18036% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3236% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
8%Year over year crime is up
Waterloo crime
D- Waterloo Employment Household income is 19% lower than Iowa
Median household income
$44,14620% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,17019% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%18% higher than the US average
Waterloo employment
B- Waterloo Housing Home value is 20% lower than Iowa
Median home value
$106,80042% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68528% lower than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Waterloo real estate or Waterloo rentals
C- Waterloo Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Iowa
High school grad. rates
82%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
50%5% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Waterloo K-12 schools
D- Waterloo User Ratings There are a total of 5 ratings in Waterloo
Overall user rating
51% 5 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
28% 4 total surveys
all Waterloo poll results

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      Living in Waterloo, IA

      Waterloo is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. The city has a population of 68,357 inhabitants. The majority of Waterloo residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Waterloo is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 15 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Waterloo, Iowa. Finding the best places to live in Waterloo and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

      Using data and statistics Waterloo has received a livability score of 71 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 67th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Waterloo has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), education (B) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Waterloo scores poorly for, including: crime (F), weather (F) and employment (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Waterloo has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Lost Island Water Park, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, and Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

      Assuming that Waterloo meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Waterloo. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Waterloo are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Waterloo come in at $106,800, which is 19.6% lower than the Iowa average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Waterloo, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 0% lower than the Iowa average.

      Waterloo transportation information

      Average one way commute15min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.5%80.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.9%8.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.6%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%3.5%2.8%
      Working from home2.2%4.5%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Waterloo, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).