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-Cost of living
-Nearby mountains
-Historic interest

Cons

-Isolation
-Weak economy
-Low ethnic diversity


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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.


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Quick Facts About Altoona


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Altoona is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Altoona jobs have Increased by 0.98 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Altoona's cost of living is 18.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Altoona's population is 45,344 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -12.60 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Altoona is $85,750. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 16.22%.
    SCHOOLS
    Altoona public schools spend $11,632 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.4 students per teacher in Altoona.

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  11/22/2008
21.84% job growth !?

Hi all... i've read the charts and graphs available from RECON and i just can't seem to figure where this kind of job growth over the next 10 years is coming from(?)... (Read More)

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  1/10/2008
Depends on what you want

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)

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  7/18/2007
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)

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