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Altoona is a city in Blair County.
The community is believed named after Altona, German river port. Other theories suggest that the name derives from Latin for "elevated," or from a Cherokee name.
The latitude of Altoona is 40.518N. The longitude is -78.395W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,165 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 47,980.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Altoona demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Blair County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Altoona area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 16602 ZIP code.
35% of Altoona residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Altoona ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Altoona was $15,213, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% of Altoona residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Altoona, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $308. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $683.
Libraries in Altoona include Altoona Area Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Altoona include Altoona Mirror
TV stations in Altoona include WATM, WKBS, WTAJ.
Blair County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Altoona political report.
The average commute time for Altoona workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Altoona between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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