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The City of Altoona had a population of 45,654 as of July 1, 2016. Altoona ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Altoona is located at latitude 40.5082 and longitude -78.4013 in Blair County. The formal boundaries for the City of Altoona (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Blair County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,161 feet.

The City of Altoona (GNIS ID: 1214939) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Altoona population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Altoona, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 45,654
Population in Households 44,419
Population in Familes 33,444
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,235
Population Density1 4,609
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 19,053
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 11,348
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 21,216 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,783 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,271 (34.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,163 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $83,497
Average Home Value $101,105


Median Household Income $35,798
Average Household Income $48,349
Per Capita Income $20,710
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.23% -0.24%
Households -0.21% -0.22%
Families -0.41% -0.32%
Median Household Income   -1.65%
Per Capita Income   1.18%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Altoona, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Altoona to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 99th
Population Density1 # 178 90th
Diversity Index2 # 632 64th
Median Household Income # 1572 11th
Per Capita Income # 1486 16th

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