Livability Score

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 A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (73) A+
Entertainment (23) B
Food and Drink (177) A+
Fitness (10) F
Groceries (39) A+
Parks (382) A+
Shops (252) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 5.0% take public transportation in Waterloo.
Public Transit Stops (543)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living D+

The cost of living in Waterloo is 98/100 - which is 13% lower than Ontario.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime B

Waterloo crime rates are 2,863 per 100k, which is 7% lower than Ontario
Property Crime
2,128 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
735 crimes per 100k
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employment A

The median income in Waterloo is $95,074 - which is 9% higher than Ontario.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (77)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing A+

Waterloo home prices are $618,225 - which is 26% lower than Ontario
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
6.5x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The Waterloo graduation rate is 89% - which is 6% higher than Ontario
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (34) C-
High Schools (11) B-
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ratings A+

Waterloo has an overall rating of 87% from 10 reviews.
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Waterloo, ON

Waterloo is a small and vibrant city in southwestern Ontario that, along with Kitchener and Cambridge, is a part of the Tri-City region. The Tri-City area has seen significant redevelopment in recent years, which has led to an increase in immigration to Waterloo. The city today is highly multicultural, with a warm and vibrant community that combines the best of big city amenities with a cosy small town feeling. Our Waterloo Livability guide will take you through the best of what the city offers, from business culture and Blackberry to parks and recreation.

Most Waterloo locals are of ethnic German descent and East Asians, followed by South Asians, account for the largest population of visible minorities. The city is also home to a robust Mennonite presence and as any local will advise, you should head to the farmer’s market to find traditional Mennonites selling the freshest organic produce and homemade local delicacies.

The city has a strong knowledge and service-based economy and the highest employers are in the technology, finance and educational services sectors. As the home of Blackberry, the tech community in Waterloo is a large and active one. If you work in tech and live in Waterloo, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the industry in a more personalized way due to the many events and networking opportunities Waterloo offers.

In addition to being a haven for tech professionals, Waterloo is also ideal for families due to its safe gated communities and number of good public schools. Waterloo is also a popular destination for higher education, as the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University both have campuses in the city. And where there are students you’re bound to find diverse affordable dining and going out options, as well as an efficient transit system. Grand River Transit offers a number of bus routes around the area and there are well-maintained bicycle paths within and between Kitchener and Waterloo. There are also plenty of parks and recreation centres to keep you entertained and in the summer you’ll be able to easily hop off to the towns and beaches on Lake Huron.

A+ Amenities

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


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Brubacher House
Earth Sciences Museum
Carousel Dance Centre
University Stadium
Phil's Grandson's Place
Eby Farmstead
Becky's Apartment
Grist Mill

Food & Drink

Little Caesars
Thirsty's Bar & Grill
Chef On Call
Popular Pizza
Twin City Pizza
Pizza Pizza
The Beer Store
Aurora Pool and Darts

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Waterloo? Of all people who commute, 5.0% take public transportation in Waterloo.
Drive to Work

3% higher than the CDN average

Take Public Transit

2% lower than the CDN average

Walk to Work

1% higher than the CDN average

A+ Health & Safety

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



Shoppers Drug Mart
Student Health Pharmacy
University Pharmacy
Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart


Dr. John Lu
Eastbridge Walk-in Clinic
DR. Pierre Kugler
AIM Physiotherapy
K. Papp
Temple Green Clinic
Beechwood Cosmetic and Laser
Curex Medical Centre

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