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Altoona, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Altoona is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Polk County at latitude 41.6469 and longitude -93.4768. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 955 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Altoona, but most people and references simply refer to it as Altoona, Iowa.

The P1 Census Class Code for Altoona indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Altoona (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Altoona, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 16,056
Population in Households 15,927
Population in Familes 13,474
Population in Group Qrtrs 129
Population Density1 1,717
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 6,043
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 4,301
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,316 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,418 (69.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,625 (25.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 273 ( 4.3%)
Median Home Value $195,286
Average Home Value $211,176


Median Household Income $70,478
Average Household Income $78,772
Per Capita Income $29,844
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 2.36% 2.19%
Households 2.42% 2.23%
Families 2.05% 2.06%
Median Household Income   2.73%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Altoona, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Altoona to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 27 97th
Population Density1 # 50 95th
Diversity Index2 # 178 82nd
Median Household Income # 84 92nd
Per Capita Income # 179 82nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.