Waterloo is the principal city of Black Hawk County and the Cedar Valley region and is home to 68,245 people, with 128,012 in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. This industrial city is located on the banks of the Cedar River is 110 miles northeast of Des Moines and 58 miles north of Cedar Rapids. Waterloo has always been a major agriculture equipment manufacturing and food processing center. John Deere has major manufacturing operations in the city, and also served as a major meatpacking center. During the farm crisis in the 1980's, no other Iowa city was as economically battered as Waterloo, but things have been turning around for the better recently. Next door to Waterloo is the college city of Cedar Falls, home to the University of Northern Iowa.
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