Altoona, IA
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Altoona is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 16,984 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Altoona is the 28th largest community in Iowa.

Altoona real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Altoona house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Altoona isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Altoona are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Altoona is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Altoona who work in sales jobs (13.80%), office and administrative support (12.53%), and business and financial occupations (9.91%).

Also of interest is that Altoona has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In terms of college education, Altoona is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.80% of adults in Altoona have a college degree.

The per capita income in Altoona in 2010 was $30,945, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,780 for a family of four. However, Altoona contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Altoona include Irish, Norwegian, English, and Dutch.

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