As per the United States Census Bureau, Waterloo has a total area of 62.0 square miles of which almost 62.7 square miles is of land and 1.3 square miles is of water.
As per the 2000 census, this city had a total population of 68,747. In June 2008, this city experienced the worst flooding in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area along with the Great Flood of 1993. Even though located in the Midwest, which is historically and predominantly white, Waterloo and its industries have attracted a diverse population. In the late 1800s, this city attracted lots of German, Croatian and Greek immigrants who came to take jobs in a farm or in the local factories.
At present, the city has a broader industrial base and its leaders have diversified the industrial and the commercial businesses.
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