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Old 07-01-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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I was wondering what it was like to live there. My husband and I may be moving from Norman OK for a job and we love small university towns. Any tips??
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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I'm sure h2Oloo will post in here soon... my advice is that it's not as amazing as he claims but it's in Iowa so it can't be too bad, right??
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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If you love college towns, you'll want to move to Cedar Falls. Waterloo is my hometown and I love it dearly, but it's definitely not a college town. Also, parts of south Cedar Falls are made up mainly of newer subdivisions and feel more suburban (if there is such a thing in W'loo/CF) than like a small college town. I'd try to stay closer to downtown if I were you - the college town atmosphere tends to be more prominent downtown, west of downtown, north of University Ave, south of 1st St, east of Hudson Rd. (although pretty much all of CF is nice, as are many parts of Waterloo).

As for what it's actually like to live there... what exactly are you looking for? As far as college towns go, Cedar Falls is pretty tame. I love it and am jealous of anyone who gets to move there, but I went to UNI and grew up in the area. Iowa City is typically considered a better college town, in terms of activities and restaurants and atmosphere and whatnot. You'll have everything you need in CF, and it's definitely better than living in a small Iowa town that doesn't have a university (IMO), but you might also want to look at Iowa City or Ames (I don't know much about Ames, though, so I don't know how it compares).
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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@ Unusual Suspect - Thanks for the information. I may be moving for a job at UNI. I had the opportunity to see a bit of Cedar Falls when I went on interview and liked what I saw. I've heard mixed things about Waterloo, but by most standards - well, at least by OKC standards - it sounds like a good town too.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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Waterloo is cooler than a fan,most white iowans who never been to waterloo just get their kicks talking bad about the city because of it's large black population thats All.Waterloo is that city in iowa that will give you that home feeling.They speak with fork-tongue on here, therefore do not take heed to nothing their saying.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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It can't be that bad living in Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The rentals are higher on average in Cedar Falls and lower in Waterloo, depending where you look.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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Comparing with national standards, the city of Waterloo isn't too bad. But comparing with Iowa standards, Waterloo ain't that great. Crime there is higher than the national average, and the city has been economically stagnant for decades. If you plan on moving to the metro area, Cedar Falls is a much better choice.

As far as college towns go, Cedar Falls is ok but not that great. Both Iowa City and Ames have a more vibrant college atmosphere with more things to do. "The Hill" is Cedar Falls' student nightlife area and compared to the Ped Mall in Iowa City and Welch Ave. in Ames, there's not much to write home about. In general though, Cedar Falls is a pleasant enough town and not a bad place to live.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Comparing with national standards, the city of Waterloo isn't too bad. But comparing with Iowa standards, Waterloo ain't that great. Crime there is higher than the national average, and the city has been economically stagnant for decades. If you plan on moving to the metro area, Cedar Falls is a much better choice.

As far as college towns go, Cedar Falls is ok but not that great. Both Iowa City and Ames have a more vibrant college atmosphere with more things to do. "The Hill" is Cedar Falls' student nightlife area and compared to the Ped Mall in Iowa City and Welch Ave. in Ames, there's not much to write home about. In general though, Cedar Falls is a pleasant enough town and not a bad place to live.
Dead on. Waterloo is nubs. CF is an okay place to hand your hat.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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Dead on. Waterloo is nubs. CF is an okay place to hand your hat.
What is iowa standards? If you take so much pride in havin little you will never have nothing. Again what is iowa's standards?
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