Altoona is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 43,364 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Altoona is the 12th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Altoona was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Altoona is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Altoona is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Altoona who work in office and administrative support (14.04%), sales jobs (11.80%), and management occupations (7.99%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Altoona spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.83 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The percentage of adults in Altoona who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.64% of the adults in Altoona have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Altoona in 2018 was $24,410, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,640 for a family of four. However, Altoona contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Altoona home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Altoona residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Altoona include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Altoona is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Spanish.