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Waterloo, New York

Waterloo, New York
Nickname(s): waterloo
Motto: water wins
Waterloo, New York
Waterloo, New York
Location within the state of New York

Coordinates: 42°54′13″N 76°51′34″W / 42.90361°N 76.85944°W / 42.90361; -76.85944Coordinates: 42°54′13″N 76°51′34″W / 42.90361°N 76.85944°W / 42.90361; -76.85944

Country United States
State New York
County Seneca
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 453 ft (138 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,111
 • Density 2,439.3/sq mi (941.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13165
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-78553[1]
GNIS feature ID 0968900[2]
Waterloo, New York redirects here. See also Waterloo (town), New York

Waterloo is a village in and the county seat of Seneca County, New York, United States.[3] The population was 5,111 at the 2000 census and is now the most populated village in Seneca County. The village is named after the Waterloo in Belgium, where Napoleon was defeated.

The Village of Waterloo is mostly in the Town of Waterloo, but the part south of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal of the village is in the Town of Fayette and a small portion in the south-east corner of the village is in the Town of Seneca Falls. Waterloo is east of Geneva and is located in between the two main Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake.


The area was within the realm of the Cayuga nation, one of several bands to form the Iroquois League. They were visited by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th Century. After the Sullivan Expedition of 1779 passed through the region, many natives left the area. The land then became part of the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for veterans. The current site of the village was the location of the former Cayuga village "Skoiyase" ("flowing water"). The first new settler, Jabez Gorham, arrived on the site of the village around 1795. The early village was known as "New Hudson".

Because the original county seat in Ovid was deemed too close to the south county line after land was lost from Seneca County, Waterloo became the county seat in 1819. A similar fate befell Waterloo, when much of the north of Seneca County was lost, leaving the village close to the northern county line. The outcome was that both villages were made joint county seats, even though some of the lost towns were later returned to the county. Seneca County remains a two-shire county, although nearly all government activity now occurs in Waterloo.[3] In honor of the two-shire history, the County Board of Supervisors will at least once a year hold a meeting in Ovid at the buildings locally called the "Three Bears".

Planning for the Women's Rights Convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls took place in Waterloo.

The Village of Waterloo was incorporated in 1824 and again in 1866, the same year it celebrated the first Memorial Day. Waterloo was officially designated as the official birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson; the Memorial Day Museum is in the town.


Waterloo is located at 42°54′13″N 76°51′34″W / 42.90361°N 76.85944°W / 42.90361; -76.85944 (42.903697, -76.859517).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (3.24%) is water.

The Seneca River/Cayuga-Seneca Canal pass through the village, linking the area to the Erie Canal system.

US Route 20, conjoined with New York State Route 5, intersects New York State Route 96 in the village.

Just north east of Waterloo in Seneca Falls homes the largest active landfill in New York State; Seneca Meadows.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Waterloo

width = 15% style="background-color:"| Landmark name width = 15% class="unsortable" style="background-color:"| Image width = 15% style="background-color:"|Date listed width = 15% style="background-color:"|Location width = 15% style="background-color:"| Summary
William H. Burton House 54|16|N|76|51|41|W| name=Burton, William H., House


First Presbyterian Church E. Main St., E of jct. with NY 96
42°54′14″N 76°51′39″W / 42.90389°N 76.86083°W / 42.90389; -76.86083 (First Presbyterian Church)

Hunt House 54|22|N|76|50|40|W| name=Hunt House


Historic home, c. 1830.
M'Clintock House 54|19|N|76|51|42|W| name=M'Clintock House


Historic home, important to the first Women's Rights Convention.
Saint Paul's Church 54|20|N|76|51|35|W| name=Saint Paul's Church


United Methodist Church 54|28|N|76|51|40|W| name=United Methodist Church


U.S. Post Office 54|15|N|76|51|46|W| name=US Post Office--Waterloo


Waterloo Library 54|20|N|76|51|40|W| name=Waterloo Library


James Russell Webster House 54|23|N|76|51|33|W| name=James Russell Webster House


Historic home, c. 1850-1855.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,111 people, 1,939 households, and 1,285 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,439.3 people per square mile (939.7/km²). There were 2,050 housing units at an average density of 978.4 per square mile (376.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.61% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 1,939 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,571, and the median income for a family was $41,725. Males had a median income of $34,911 versus $23,385 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,538. About 7.2% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives


External links

  • Village of Waterloo, NY
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