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Overview

Introduction to Altoona, Iowa

Altoona, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 8 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 131 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is in the Des Moines area.

Altoona History

Altoona was officially incorporated on March 11, 1876. The name Altoona is derived from the latin word "Altus" which means high because the city was located on a high point on the Des Moines Valley Railroad. The city was named by Julian B. Bausman.

Altoona and nearby Attractions

  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Big Creek State Park
  • Walnut Woods State Park

Things To Do In Altoona

While in Altoona, tourists can visit the Living History Farms to see the replica of an Indian village or even have a look at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum. There are many parks in the city like the Prairie Heritage Park, Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, and Lions Park. Visitors can also experience Adventureland and the other amusement and theme parks in the city. The City of Altoona also has many churches.

Altoona Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Altoona Higher Education

The Des Moines Community College, Drake University, Iowa State University, Iowa Central Community College, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,354
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens11.6%
Employed Population 16+9,339
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married56.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.5%
Median Earnings25+$45,273
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$38,646
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,278

Wealth

Median Family Income$90,445
% Above Poverty Level93.9%
% Below Poverty Level6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone19.4%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$174,700

Ancestry

German37.9%
Irish15.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.9%
English6.8%
Dutch5.5%
Norwegian4.2%
Italian4%
Swedish3.6%
French Except Basque2.2%
Welsh2%
Scottish1.8%
Danishn1.4%
Polish1.2%
Czech1.1%
Croatian0.8%
Russian0.5%
Barbadian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Greek0.3%
Israeli0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Altoona Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes50009
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.65
Approximate Longitude-93.47

Altoona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationANKENY
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationDES MOINES AP
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationKNOXVILLE
Distance28.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip35 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ankeny56,237$95,049
Bondurant5,457$82,783
Carlisle4,069$84,545
Des Moines214,778$60,400
Mitchellville2,258$61,736
Pleasant Hill9,608$94,205

Altoona Public Libraries

Altoona Public Library
700 EIGHTH ST SW
Altoona, Iowa
(515) 967-3881

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Altoona Public Schools

Altoona Elementary School
301 6th St Sw
ZIP: 50009
(515) 967-3771
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Centennial Elementary School
910 7th Ave Se
ZIP: 50009
(515) 967-2109
Primary
Total Enrollment 492
Clay Elementary
3200 First Avenue S.
ZIP: 50009
(515) 967-4198
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Willowbrook Elementary School
300 17th Ave Sw
ZIP: 50009
(515) 967-7512
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
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