Altoona, Pennsylvania 

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Population

45,344

13% Decline

Unemployment Rate

6.0%

Median Income

$36,258

Avg. Home Price

$85,750

Best Places to Live in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Small city - South-central Pennsylvania along the main Allegheny Mountain ridge
Pros
-Cost of living
-Nearby mountains
-Historic interest
Cons
-Isolation
-Weak economy
-Low ethnic diversity

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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.


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Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Pennsylvania
County: Blair County
Metro Area: Altoona Metro Area
City: Altoona
Zip Codes: 16601 16602
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 1320 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Altoona is 6.0% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Altoona jobs have increased by 0.98%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Altoona's cost of living is 18.40% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Altoona's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Altoona's population is 45,344 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -12.60%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Altoona is $85,750. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 16.22%. Check out the homes in the area.
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. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Altoona

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Reviews for Altoona    8 Reviews
21.84% job growth !? - 11/22/2008
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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Depends on what you want - 1/10/2008
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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A nice little place to live - 7/18/2007
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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16601 16602