Waterloo, IA

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2020 Population
67,671
0.355% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
36.7
0.272% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
17.5%
0.697% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$46,942
0.813% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$117,000
0.341% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
32,784
1.74% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Waterloo, IA had a population of 67.7k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $46,942. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Waterloo, IA declined from 67,912 to 67,671, a −0.355% decrease and its median household income declined from $47,327 to $46,942, a −0.813% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Waterloo, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (69.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.2%), White (Hispanic) (4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.02%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.32%).

None of the households in Waterloo, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.8% of the residents in Waterloo, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waterloo, IA are Hawkeye Community College (946 degrees awarded in 2020) and Allen College (233 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Waterloo, IA was $117,000, and the homeownership rate was 59.9%. Most people in Waterloo, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Waterloo, IA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Waterloo, IA is home to a population of 67.7k people, from which 93.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 9.59% of Waterloo, IA residents were born outside of the country (6.49k people).

In 2020, there were 4.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (47.1k people) in Waterloo, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.71k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Waterloo, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    47.1k ± 588
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.6k ± 496
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.71k ± 427
7.06%
Hispanic Population
4.78k people

In 2020, there were 4.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (47.1k people) in Waterloo, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.71k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.06% of the people in Waterloo, IA are hispanic (4.78k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Waterloo, IA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.59%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
6.49k people
9.19%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
6.24k people

As of 2020, 9.59% of Waterloo, IA residents (6.49k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waterloo, IA was 9.19%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.9
33
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.5

In 2020, the median age of all people in Waterloo, IA was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Waterloo, IA are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Waterloo, IA residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    41,266 ± 4,955 people
  2. India
    10,872 ± 2,556 people
  3. China
    9,649 ± 2,408 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,266 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,872 and China with 9,649.

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Citizenship

93.8%
2020 Citizenship
94.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 93.8% of Waterloo, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Waterloo, IA was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,431 ± 220
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    409 ± 140
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    394 ± 123

Waterloo, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Iowa, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Iowa (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Iowa across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Waterloo, IA is $46,942. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Waterloo, IA was Census Tract 14 with a value of $80,000, followed by Census Tract 15.03 and Census Tract 29.01, with respective values of $75,417 and $65,605.

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,102. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Waterloo, IA employs 32.8k people. The largest industries in Waterloo, IA are Manufacturing (7,109 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,525 people), and Retail Trade (4,360 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($73,145), Public Administration ($52,773), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,267).

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,942
2020 value
± $1,758
−0.813%
1 Year Growth
± 5.28%

Households in Waterloo, IA have a median annual income of $46,942, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,327 in 2019, which represents a −0.813% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$63,848
Average Male Salary in Iowa
± $1,749
$48,102
Average Female Salary in Iowa
± $1,312

In 2020, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Iowa
  1. Asian
    $51,240 ± $6,853
  2. White
    $49,346 ± $1,065
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $40,947 ± $23,470

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Iowa.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waterloo, IA is from Iowa.
0.438
2020 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2020, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.914% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 14
  2. Census Tract 15.03
  3. Census Tract 29.01

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waterloo, IA was Census Tract 14 with a value of $80,000, followed by Census Tract 15.03 and Census Tract 29.01, with respective values of $75,417 and $65,605.

The following map shows all of the places in Waterloo, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waterloo, IA (11.7k out of 66.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    6,833 ± 620
  2. Black
    3,643 ± 410
  3. Hispanic
    1,325 ± 244

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waterloo, IA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

32.8k
2020 Value
± 1,219
−1.74%
1 Year decline
± 5.15%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Waterloo, IA declined at a rate of −1.74%, from 33.4k employees to 32.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waterloo, IA, are Production Occupations (4,768 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,396 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,230 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waterloo, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waterloo, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (4,768 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,396 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,230 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waterloo, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.61 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.01 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waterloo, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,273), Legal Occupations ($74,609), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,286).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

32.8k
2020 Value
± 1,219
−1.74%
1 Year decline
± 5.15%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Waterloo, IA declined at a rate of −1.74%, from 33.4k employees to 32.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waterloo, IA, are Manufacturing (7,109 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,525 people), and Retail Trade (4,360 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waterloo, IA, though some of these residents may live in Waterloo, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Waterloo, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (7,109 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,525 people), and Retail Trade (4,360 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waterloo, IA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.16 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.21 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waterloo, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($73,145), Public Administration ($52,773), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,267).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $20.9B
  2. $19.9B
  3. $18.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Machinery with $20.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($19.9B) and Meat/seafood ($18.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$262B
2020 Value in Iowa
$518B
Projected 2050 Value in Iowa
97.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $262B. This is expected to increase 97.9% to $518B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $23.7B
  2. $16.5B
  3. $11.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $23.7B, followed by Minnesota with $16.5B and Texas and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%). The most partisan county was Lyon County, IA with 83.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Iowa
52.8% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Iowa
  1. 83.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Iowa was Lyon County, IA with 83.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Iowa colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Waterloo, IA awarded 1,179 degrees. The student population of Waterloo, IA is skewed towards women, with 2,207 male students and 3,513 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waterloo, IA are White (1,049 and 89.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (36 and 3.07%), Black or African American (28 and 2.39%), and Two or More Races (24 and 2.05%).

The largest universities in Waterloo, IA by number of degrees awarded are Hawkeye Community College (946 and 80.2%) and Allen College (233 and 19.8%).

The most popular majors in Waterloo, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (297 and 25.2%), Registered Nursing (251 and 21.3%), and Farm Supplies Retail & Wholesaling (47 and 3.99%).

The median tuition cost in Waterloo, IA for private four year colleges is $17,864.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 297 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 73 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 21 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Waterloo, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 297 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Waterloo, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 946 degrees awarded
  2. 233 degrees awarded
$17,864
Median Private

In 2020, the Waterloo, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hawkeye Community College with 946 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

468
Degrees Awarded to Men
711
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 468 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waterloo, IA, which is 0.658 times less than the 711 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Waterloo, IA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,049 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    36 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    28 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Waterloo, IA was White students. These 1,049 degrees mean that there were 29.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 36 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waterloo, IA was $117,000 in 2020, which is 0.509 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $117,400 to $117,000, a 0.341% decrease. The homeownership rate in Waterloo, IA is 59.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Waterloo, IA have an average commute time of 16.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Waterloo, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$117,000
2020 Median
± $3,004
$117,400
2019 Median
± $2,828

In 2020, the median property value in Waterloo, IA declined from to $117,000 from the previous year's value of $117,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waterloo, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waterloo, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$46,942
Median Household Income
± $1,758
28.7k
Number of Households
± 1,094

In 2020, the median household income of the 28.7k households in Waterloo, IA declined from $46,942 from the previous year's value of $47,327.

The following chart displays the households in Waterloo, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Waterloo, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Waterloo, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.9%
2020 Homeownership
60.9%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 59.9% of the housing units in Waterloo, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Waterloo, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waterloo, IA have a shorter commute time (16.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.12% of the workforce in Waterloo, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.2%)
  2. Carpooled (13.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.37%)

In 2020, 78.2% of workers in Waterloo, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.8%) and those who worked at home (4.37%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Waterloo, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waterloo, IA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

94.6% of the population of Waterloo, IA has health coverage, with 44.2% on employee plans, 25.1% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.14% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Black Hawk County, IA see 1085 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.04% increase from the previous year (1053 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1353 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 542 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.3%). Additionally, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,085 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Black Hawk County, IA

Primary care physicians in Black Hawk County, IA see an average of 1,085 patients per year. This represents a 3.04% increase from the previous year (1,053 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Black Hawk County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Iowa
$4,076
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,702
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,317
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.44%
Uninsured
44.2%
Employer Coverage
25.1%
Medicaid
12.8%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
1.14%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waterloo, IA declined by 15.6% from 6.45% to 5.44%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waterloo, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.3% prevalence
  2. 19.5% prevalence
  3. 16.1% prevalence

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 20.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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