Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,499
Male Share of the Population52.5%
Female Share of the Population47.5%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+3,734
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married50.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.3%
Median Earnings25+$42,075
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,326
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,630

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,544
% Above Poverty Level91%
% Below Poverty Level9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone30.5%
Median Gross Rent$790
Median House Value$155,500

Ancestry

German34.4%
Norwegian16.3%
Irish12.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.9%
English6.9%
Polish5.5%
Italian4.5%
Swedish4.1%
French Except Basque3.1%
Czech1.6%
Danishn1.1%
Dutch1%
Slovak0.8%
Greek0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Scottish0.5%
Russian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Australian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Austrian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Altoona Almanac

CategoryValue
County Eau Claire County
Standard Zip Codes54720
Phone Area Codes5,34,715
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.8
Approximate Longitude-91.44

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)

StationEAU CLAIRE RGNL AP
Distance4.7 miles
Jan Temp3 to 21 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 58 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches
StationMONDOVI
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp4 to 24 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip33.5 inches
StationMENOMONIE
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp4 to 24 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cadott1,423$44,375
Chippewa Falls14,017$59,462
Eau Claire68,086$73,313
Eleva774$61,875
Elk Mound1,085$69,464
Fall Creek1,475$62,228

Altoona Public Libraries

Altoona Public Library
1303 LYNN AVE.
Altoona, Wisconsin
(715) 839-5029

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Altoona Hospitals

Oakleaf Surgical Hospital
1000 Oakleaf Way
(715) 831-8130

Altoona Public Schools

Altoona High
711 7th St W
ZIP: 54720
(715) 839-6031
High
Total Enrollment 427
Altoona Intermediate
1903 Bartlett Ave
ZIP: 54720
(715) 839-6030
Middle
Total Enrollment 243
Altoona Middle
1903 Bartlett Ave
ZIP: 54720
(715) 839-6030
Middle
Total Enrollment 315
Pedersen Elementary
1827 Bartlett Ave
ZIP: 54720
(715) 839-6050
Primary
Total Enrollment 592

Altoona Private Schools

Otter Creek Christian Academy
919 10th St W
ZIP: 54720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
St Mary's Elementary School
1828 Lynn Ave
ZIP: 54720
Elementary
Total Enrollment 131
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