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Altoona is a city in Polk County, in the Des Moines metro area.
The community name derives from Latin for "high," because the town was on a high point along the Des Moines Valley Railroad
The latitude of Altoona is 41.644N. The longitude is -93.464W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 955 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,349.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Altoona demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Polk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Des Moines area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 50317 ZIP code.
30% of Altoona residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Altoona ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Altoona was $20,336, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Altoona residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Altoona, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $477. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,088.
Libraries in Altoona include Altoona Public Library ... View libraries
Polk County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Altoona political report.
The average commute time for Altoona workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Altoona between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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