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Altoona, Iowa - Basic Facts

Altoona is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Altoona.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Polk County at latitude 41.6442 and longitude -93.4647. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 955 feet.

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

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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.

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

POPULATION

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
 

HOUSEHOLDS

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

HOUSING

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
 

INCOME

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

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.

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