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Welcome to Waterloo ...

The city of Waterloo is located in Black Hawk County<1> and is the County Seat for Black Hawk County.

When the people of Waterloo refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Waterlooan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Waterloo has a population of 67,401 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Waterloo.

Waterloo is 880 feet [268 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Waterloo lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Waterloo: (319)

The ZIP codes for Waterloo: 50701-50704, 50706, 50799<5>

Websites for Waterloo ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.waterloochamber.org/

Junior League:   www.jlwcf.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Waterloo had an population of 67,401 people. This is a decrease of 1.47% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.96% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Waterloo had a population of 68,406 people (which is 52.18% of the total population of Black Hawk County). This makes Waterloo the county's most populous community.

The population of Waterloo represents 2.25% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 68,406 people, the population of Waterloo has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 68,747 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Waterloo.

Communities Also Named Waterloo ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 58 communities that are also named Waterloo - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana (3), Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Maryland (3), Michigan, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska (2), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (6), Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania (3), Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia (5), Washington (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Waterloo.

Communities near Waterloo ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Waterloo.

  • Cedar Falls [Black Hawk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Falls
    • Cedar Falls [Black Hawk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Waterloo
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,231 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Falls<7>
  • Waverly [Bremer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waverly
    • Waverly [Bremer County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northwest of Waterloo
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,298 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waverly
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waverly<7>
  • Jesup [Buchanan County]
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    • Jesup [Buchanan County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Waterloo
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,711 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jesup have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jesup
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jesup<7>
  • Hudson [Black Hawk County]
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    • Hudson [Black Hawk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Waterloo
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,473 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hudson have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hudson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hudson<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • La Porte City [Black Hawk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Porte City
      • La Porte City [Black Hawk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,230 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Porte City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Porte City<7>
    • Denver [Bremer County]
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      • Denver [Bremer County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,879 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denver have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denver
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denver<7>
    • Reinbeck [Grundy County]
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      • Reinbeck [Grundy County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,613 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reinbeck have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reinbeck
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reinbeck<7>
    • Shell Rock [Butler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shell Rock
      • Shell Rock [Butler County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northwest of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,268 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shell Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shell Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shell Rock<7>
    • Dike [Grundy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dike
      • Dike [Grundy County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,267 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dike
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dike<7>
    • Fairbank [Buchanan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairbank
      • Fairbank [Buchanan County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Waterloo
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,132 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairbank have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairbank
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairbank<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Waterloo. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Waterloo.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Waterloo. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Waterloo.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterloo. Our list includes 26 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Waterloo.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Waterloo ...

Looking for more information about Waterloo? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Waterloo, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Waterloo.

Adding Waterloo to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Waterloo in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Waterloo was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Waterloo

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Waterloo on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Black Hawk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Waterloo. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Black Hawk County: www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Black Hawk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Waterloo refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Waterloo may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Waterloo.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Waterloo - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Waterloo). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Waterloo or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Waterloo includes: 50701, 50702, 50703, 50706 & 50799.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Waterloo) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Waterloo. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WaterlooOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterloo. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4932, Longitude: -92.3420    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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