Introduction to Altoona, Wisconsin

Altoona, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire county, is 2 miles E of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 81 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is in the Eau Claire area. There are 6,698 residents in Altoona.

Altoona History

Settlement of the area began in 1881, after the area was selected as the site of a new terminal for the Omaha, Minneapolis and St. Paul Railway. The area was named Altoona in 1882 and was officially incorporated as a city in 1887. It is said that the city was named after Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Altoona and nearby Attractions

  • James Newman Clark Bird Museum
  • Lake Wissota State Park
  • Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
  • Pine Point County Park
  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Black River State Forest

Things To Do In Altoona

Golfers can enjoy a round at the Hickory Hills Golf Club, Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club and the Princeton Valley Golf Club. The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, the James Newman Clark Bird Museum and the Chippewa Valley Museum offer insight into the area’s history. The Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Altoona United Methodist Church and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church are all nearby as well.

Altoona Transportation

Rochester International is the nearest major airport.

Altoona Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Winona State University, Western Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Total Population 7,053
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,812
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.4%
Median Earnings25+ $37,182
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,711
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,344


Median Family Income $72,961
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $764
Median House Value $151,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Altoona Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Eau Claire
Metro Area Eau Claire
Standard Zip Codes 54720
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.804
Longitude -91.443

Altoona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cadott 1,407 $49,516
Chippewa Falls 13,868 $55,048
Eau Claire 67,385 $65,565
Eleva 761 $52,143
Elk Mound 1,062 $56,597
Fall Creek 1,321 $63,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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711 7TH ST W
Serves 429 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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