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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.


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Median household income
Local
$28,248
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Altoona demographic reports
Altoona is at the base of the Allegheny Mountains.
The city began as a switching point for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Public transportation: Amtran (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 156. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Performing arts: Altoona Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Prince Gallitzin State Park, Canoe Creek State Park
Altoona attractions: Lakemont Park, Leap the Dips (a restored roller coaster designated as an historic site)
Sports teams: Curve (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Fort Roberdeau Historic Site, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Baker Mansion Museum
Colleges and universities: Pennsylvania State University -- Altoona Campus, Altoona School of Commerce
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 50
Quotes:
The enormous amount of railroad trackage has jumbled Altoona's streets.
-- WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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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.

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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.

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12% of Altoona residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Altoona, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $308.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $683.


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Libraries in Altoona include Altoona Area Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Altoona include Altoona Mirror

TV stations in Altoona include WATM, WKBS, WTAJ.

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Blair County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Altoona political report.

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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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~ WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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