As the sixth largest city in Iowa, Waterloo is at the heart of the action in the Cedar Valley. Whether you’re looking to earn a degree, start a new career, or cut loose and have some fun, the Waterloo metro area has something for you.
As northeastern Iowa’s manufacturing hub, economic development and career opportunities are booming in Waterloo. Many major businesses have established roots in town, including John Deere, the VGM Group, MercyOne and UnityPoint hospitals, and two of the leading cabinet companies in the country. Looking to continue your education? Waterloo is home to Hawkeye Community College and Allen College and is located only 10 miles away from the University of Northern Iowa, one of Iowa’s three state schools.
Want to explore? With 32 restaurants, 17 retail stores, and a thriving arts and culture scene, there’s an endless amount of things to discover and do in downtown Waterloo. Try some locally crafted beer at SingleSpeed Brewery or grab a bite at one of the many locally-owned restaurants. Attend plays at the Waterloo Community Play House or listen to concerts at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre along the Cedar River. Watch history come to life as you tour the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum or the Grout Museum District. Spend a day at Lost Island, Iowa’s largest waterpark, or catch a minor league baseball, hockey, or basketball game. Events and celebrations such as MY Waterloo Days, FridayLoo, and Iowa Irish Fest, the biggest Irish celebration in the state, will also keep you busy.
Ready for some outdoor fun? With dozens of parks and nature areas, multiple lakes, and more than 100 miles of paved trails, the recreation opportunities are plentiful on land and water. Whether you like to hike, bike, fish, paddleboard, or kayak, Waterloo has you covered.
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School District: Waterloo Community Schools
Lost Island rated #2 outdoor waterpark in the country by USA Today
Ranked #35 Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers by Forbes