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A+ Altoona Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Altoona Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% lower than Pennsylvania
8713% less expensive than the US average
100same as the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Altoona cost of living
B- Altoona Crime Total crime is 19% higher than Pennsylvania
Total crime
2,34015% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4315% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Altoona crime
D- Altoona Employment Household income is 33% lower than Pennsylvania
Median household income
$36,74134% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,97530% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Altoona employment
F Altoona Housing Home value is 49% lower than Pennsylvania
Median home value
$85,40054% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$60636% lower than the US average
Home ownership
64%1% higher than the US average
Altoona real estate or Altoona rentals
C Altoona Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Pennsylvania
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
51%3% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Altoona K-12 schools or Altoona colleges

Living in Altoona, PA

Altoona is a mid-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. The city has a population of 45,209 residents. In Altoona, there are 4,618 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Altoona residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian.

Are you trying to decide if living in Altoona is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Pennsylvania, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Altoona and in the areas around Altoona is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 71/100, Altoona is ranked #9,242 in the United States and #802 in Pennsylvania. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Altoona has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). The bad news for Altoona, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (D), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Altoona on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Lakemont Park, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, and Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Altoona real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Altoona. The median home price for Altoona homes is $85,400, which is 49.1% lower than the Pennsylvania average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Altoona, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 25.8% lower than the Pennsylvania average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Altoona area were 6.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.3%.

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Cheap place to live with much to do!

Altoona is truly a hidden treasure within Central PA. The city is surrounded by the gorgeous Appellation Mountains giving the city a beautiful backdrop. If your a fan of shopping Altoona is the perfect place for you. There are many big retail centers, plaza's, etc. in Altoona that will cover your biggest shopping needs. The Altoona Area School system is truly magnificent (excelling in both academics and sports), in fact the Altoona Area High School just recieved a bronze award from the US News and World Report high school rankings. There is much to do in Altoona such as: watch Altoona's minor league baseball team play at PNG Field. Or you could visit Lakemont Amusement Park and ride the world oldest rollar coaster Leap the Dips, see a play at the historic Mishler Theater, Visit historic Baker Mansion, and so much more! UPMC (one of the nations best hospitals) just recently bought out Altoona's current hospital meaning that Altoona will now be home to exceptional healthcare. Penn State Altoona is also located in Altoona and is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen! Being a city of strong railroad heritage, Altoona is home of the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, and the world famous Horseshoe Curve. Altoona is a very inexpensive place to live. The average house hold price is around $70,000, and there are so many beautiful neighborhoods. My only complaint would be that since Altoona is the 10th biggest city in PA, it does have a crime rate that is a little (seriously just a little) over the state average, but I have been living here for 15 years and I have yet to experience any crime. Altoona is a very nice place to live.
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Altoona, PA - Truly A Great Place To Live!

I have lived most of my life in the community of Altoona, Pennsylvania, nestled into the Allegheny Mountains. Altoona is a great community, the 11th largest in Pennsylvania. Most of the residents here enjoy a very short commute to work with an average of just over 18 minutes. Many of my neighbors work at Sheetz, a major convenience store chain with locations in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Education is important to me and other residents of Altoona. Our oldest student is a senior at Altoona Public High School, where she has enjoyed playing in the band at Friday night football games. We have really enjoyed how the school district has encouraged her involvement in various extracurricular activities. In the fall, she plans to attend Penn State's Altoona campus. The college has four major areas of study which are arts and humanities, business and engineering, education and mathematics and natural sciences. Our daughter plans to become a teacher.

We enjoy the many cultural events that Altoona has to offer. Our favorite is the yearly Arts Festival on Penn State's campus. As we stroll each year around the lake, we feel so lucky that we live in Altoona with its many artists that gather for this event. When our child was younger she definitely enjoyed getting balloon animals from Hubie The Clown and shaking hands with the Cowgirl Lady. Now, we enjoy watching the canoe races and feeding the ducks as we take time to unwind from the pressures of everyday life.

We look forward to a time when we can take our grandchildren to Lakemont Park. We feel so lucky to have Lakemont as our neighbor as it is the eighth oldest amusement park in the United States. I smile at the thought of the first time I get to take my grandchild on the world's oldest roller coaster located there.
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Source: The Altoona, PA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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