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. Altoona has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities 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 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 (14.39%), sales jobs (12.40%), and food service (8.89%).
One of the benefits of Altoona is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.89 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The percentage of adults in Altoona who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.11% of the adults in Altoona have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Altoona in 2010 was $20,037, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,148 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 German.