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The City of Altoona had a population of 45,413 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Altoona, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 45,413
Daytime Population: Workers 21,464
Daytime Population: Residents 25,217
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 46,681
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 44,171
Population in Familes 33,223
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,242
Population Density2 4,584
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $37,366
Average Household Income $50,751
Per Capita Income $21,603


Total Housing Units 21,151 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,662 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,186 (34.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,303 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $86,819
Average Home Value $104,976


Total Households 18,848
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 11,224
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.27% -0.33%
Households -0.33% -0.37%
Families -0.51% -0.46%
Median Household Income   1.18%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

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, 2017 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 # 12 99th
Population Density # 178 90th
Diversity Index # 639 64th
Median Household Income # 1568 11th
Per Capita Income # 1480 16th

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