Waterloo, IA

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2022 Population
67,256
0.648% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.7
0.272% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
17.4%
5.8% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$54,104
9.46% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$142,000
16.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
32,035
0.995% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Waterloo, IA had a population of 67.3k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $54,104. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Waterloo, IA declined from 67,695 to 67,256, a −0.648% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,430 to $54,104, a 9.46% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Waterloo, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.86%), White (Hispanic) (2.82%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.66%).

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.

94.8% of the residents in Waterloo, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waterloo, IA are Hawkeye Community College (925 degrees awarded in 2022) and Allen College (253 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Waterloo, IA was $142,000, and the homeownership rate was 60.8%.

Most people in Waterloo, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Waterloo, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Waterloo, IA is home to a population of 67.3k people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.17% of Waterloo, IA residents were born outside of the country (6.17k people).

In 2022, there were 3.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.6k people) in Waterloo, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.59k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.8%
2022 Citizenship
94.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.8% of Waterloo, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Waterloo, IA was 94.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Waterloo, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    45.6k ± 545
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.7k ± 428
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.59k ± 472
7.13%
Hispanic Population
4.79k people

In 2022, there were 3.89 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.6k people) in Waterloo, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.59k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.13% of the people in Waterloo, IA are hispanic (4.79k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.17%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.17k people
9.24%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.25k people

As of 2022, 9.17% of Waterloo, IA residents (6.17k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waterloo, IA was 9.24%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,427 ± 229
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    494 ± 154
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    455 ± 149

Waterloo, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.89 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Waterloo, IA employs 32k people. The largest industries in Waterloo, IA are Manufacturing (6,851 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,337 people), and Retail Trade (4,033 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($93,750), Public Administration ($62,663), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,932).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

32k
2022 Value
± 1,236
−0.995%
1 Year decline
± 5.44%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Waterloo, IA declined at a rate of −0.995%, from 32.4k employees to 32k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waterloo, IA, are Production Occupations (4,467 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,018 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,831 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waterloo, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

32k
2022 Value
± 1,236
−0.995%
1 Year decline
± 5.44%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Waterloo, IA declined at a rate of −0.995%, from 32.4k employees to 32k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waterloo, IA, are Manufacturing (6,851 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,337 people), and Retail Trade (4,033 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,372
Median earning men ± $1,593
$33,650
Median earning women ± $1,189

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($62,708), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,892), and Construction ($49,355).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($55,000), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,452), and Construction ($47,938).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

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

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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%).

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.

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 2022, universities in Waterloo, IA awarded 1,178 degrees. The student population of Waterloo, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,074 male students and 3,210 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waterloo, IA are White (1,029 and 88.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (47 and 4.05%), Black or African American (33 and 2.84%), and Two or More Races (25 and 2.15%).

The largest universities in Waterloo, IA by number of degrees awarded are Hawkeye Community College (925 and 78.5%) and Allen College (253 and 21.5%).

The most popular majors in Waterloo, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (252 and 21.4%), Registered Nursing (192 and 16.3%), and Child Care Provider (49 and 4.16%).

The median tuition cost in Waterloo, IA for private four year colleges is $19,236.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 5,284 students enrolled in Waterloo, IA, 39.3% men and 60.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,186 records, of which 60% were women and 40% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 252 degrees awarded
  2. 37 degrees awarded
  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Waterloo, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 252 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 925 degrees awarded
  2. 253 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hawkeye Community College with 925 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 458 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waterloo, IA, which is 0.636 times less than the 720 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,029 degrees mean that there were 21.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 47 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($19,236) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($772) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waterloo, IA was $142,000 in 2022, which is 0.504 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $122,300 to $142,000, a 16.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Waterloo, IA is 60.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Waterloo, IA have an average commute time of 16.5 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.

Median household income in Waterloo, IA is $54,104. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Waterloo, IA was Census Tract 15.03 with a value of $93,463, followed by Census Tract 14 and Census Tract 29.01, with respective values of $84,183 and $75,375.

Property

$142,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,620
$17,598
Median Property Taxes
±$831

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The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Waterloo, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.8%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.8% of the housing units in Waterloo, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.1%.

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Income by Location

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

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waterloo, IA was Census Tract 15.03 with a value of $93,463, followed by Census Tract 14 and Census Tract 29.01, with respective values of $84,183 and $75,375.

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

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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.
$54,104
Median Household Income
± $1,681
28.9k
Number of Households
± 1,162

In 2022, the median household income of the 28.9k households in Waterloo, IA grew to $54,104 from the previous year's value of $49,430.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waterloo, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.2%)
  2. Carpooled (11.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.41%)

In 2022, 78.2% of workers in Waterloo, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.7%) and those who worked at home (6.41%).

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Commute Time

16.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waterloo, IA have a shorter commute time (16.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.18% of the workforce in Waterloo, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waterloo, IA (11.5k out of 66.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

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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Health

94.8% of the population of Waterloo, IA has health coverage, with 41.4% on employee plans, 27.3% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.39% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Black Hawk County, IA see 1058 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.49% decrease from the previous year (1085 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1348 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 513 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,058 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 1,058 patients per year. This represents a 2.49% decrease from the previous year (1,085 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.3% under 18 years, 22.4% between 18 and 34 years, 35.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.18%
Uninsured
41.4%
Employer Coverage
27.3%
Medicaid
13.1%
Medicare
11.6%
Non-Group
1.39%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waterloo, IA declined by 6.26% from 5.52% to 5.18%.

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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