Waterloo, Indiana

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Waterloo, Indiana
Town
Location of Waterloo in the state of Indiana
Location of Waterloo in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°25′53″N 85°1′21″W / 41.43139°N 85.02250°W / 41.43139; -85.02250Coordinates: 41°25′53″N 85°1′21″W / 41.43139°N 85.02250°W / 41.43139; -85.02250
Country United States
State Indiana
County DeKalb
Township Grant, Smithfield
Area[1]
 • Total 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Land 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 906 ft (276 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,242
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,241
 • Density 1,288.5/sq mi (497.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46793
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-81278[4]
GNIS feature ID 0445542[5]

Waterloo is a town in Grant and Smithfield townships, DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,242 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Waterloo had its start in the year 1856 by the building of the railroad through that territory.[6]

Geography[edit]

Waterloo is located at 41°25′53″N 85°1′21″W / 41.43139°N 85.02250°W / 41.43139; -85.02250.

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.5 km2), all land.[1]

A nearly complete mastodon skeleton discovered near Waterloo in 1888 is displayed at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

Some parts of Waterloo still retain echoes of a bygone era

Demographics[edit]

Waterloo, Indiana from 1876 Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana, Baskin, Forster, Co., Chicago.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,242 people, 809 households, and 577 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,288.5 inhabitants per square mile (497.5 /km2). There were 942 housing units at an average density of 541.4 per square mile (209.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 809 households of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the town was 31.5 years. 30% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,200 people, 832 households, and 584 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,466.6 people per square mile (566.3/km²). There were 898 housing units at an average density of 598.7 per square mile (231.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.50% White, 0.23% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 2.82% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.68% of the population.

There were 832 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 106.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,831, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $35,035 versus $24,635 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,248. About 7.9% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Waterloo lies in the Dekalb County Central United School District. Public schools serving Waterloo are:

  • Waterloo Elementary School
  • DeKalb Middle School
  • DeKalb High School

Rail transportation[edit]

Waterloo is located on the old Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, and is now on the Norfolk Southern Railway. The town is now served daily by two Amtrak trains: the Capitol Limited and the Lake Shore Limited.

In October 2010, the Town of Waterloo received a $1.8 million grant from the federal government to build a longer platform just east of the current station, bring it up to ADA standards, adding a canopy, lighting, interactive signage and will incorporate the previous rail depot, which was restored during 2010, into the station.[7]

Media[edit]

WINT-TV, Channel 15, which became WANE-TV, Fort Wayne, in 1956, began broadcasting from studios in Waterloo in 1954.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ History of DeKalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns. Inter-State Publishing Company. 1885. pp. 830–831. 
  7. ^ "Gravy train for Waterloo". The Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 

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