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Altoona, Pennsylvania 8 Reviews | Leave a Comment


-Cost of living
-Nearby mountains
-Historic interest


-Weak economy
-Low ethnic diversity

What Bert Has To Say About Altoona Metro Area

Altoona is a historic railroad town and transportation gateway. Its roots are as a company town for the Pennsylvania Railroad, still a major artery today. But after the railroad ceased to be an independent entity, the town’s shops and facilities, which once employed 15,000, went into permanent decline. Its role as a transportation gateway likewise declined when the Pennsylvania Turnpike bypassed the area by 50 miles. A modest amount of light industry has taken the railroad’s place and Interstate 99 now does connect the area with the major east-west Turnpike.


Quick Facts About Altoona

    The unemployment rate in Altoona is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Altoona jobs have Increased by 0.62 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Altoona's cost of living is 18.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Altoona's population is 46,434 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.23 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Altoona is $65,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.20 percent.
    Altoona public schools spend $11,781 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.1 students per teacher in Altoona.

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I lived in the Altoona area for about 5 years and still go back often to visit friends. I moved there from further east in the state for a job and it was quite an... (read more)
A nice little place to live
A previous poster commented that Altoona was only a good situation for the rich or well-connected. I came to Altoona in 2003 on the advice of some friends from college.... (read more)
Hello People!
I'll be moving to Altoona soon and hope to meet some great people. See you... (read more)
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