Altoona, AL
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Altoona is a tiny town located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 924 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Altoona is the 294th largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Altoona is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Altoona is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Altoona who work in sales jobs (14.45%), office and administrative support (13.69%), and management occupations (7.22%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Altoona has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Altoona has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Altoona than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Altoona may be for you.

One downside of living in Altoona, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.48 minutes every day commuting to work.

As is often the case in a small town, Altoona doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Altoona ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 5.95% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Altoona in 2010 was $14,635, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,540 for a family of four.

The people who call Altoona home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Altoona residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Altoona include German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Altoona is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.

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