Altoona, IA Profile: Facts & Data

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Altoona, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Altoona had a population of 18,669 as of July 1, 2018. Altoona ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Altoona is located at latitude 41.6469 and longitude -93.4768 in Polk County. 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. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 955 feet.

The City of Altoona (GNIS ID: 2393939) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Altoona is located within Township of Clay, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.


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Altoona, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)

POPULATION

Total Population 18,669
Population in Households 18,537
Population in Familes 15,551
Population in Group Qrtrs 132
Population Density2 1,996
Diversity Index3 19
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $76,277
Average Household Income $92,895
Per Capita Income $34,717

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 7,143 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,884 (68.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,090 (29.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 169 ( 2.4%)
Median Home Value $188,795
Average Home Value $214,164
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,974
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 4,969
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 3.08% 2.27%
Households 3.01% 2.18%
Families 2.84% 2.09%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.91%

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, 2018 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 Density # 33 97th
Diversity Index # 183 82nd
Median Household Income # 77 92nd
Per Capita Income # 154 85th

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