Altoona, PA
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Altoona is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 45,344 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Altoona is the 12th largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Altoona was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Altoona who work in office and administrative support (14.43%), sales jobs (12.15%), and food service (8.99%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.13 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Altoona with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.17% of adults in Altoona have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Altoona in 2010 was $19,962, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,848 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Altoona include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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