88 reviews
  1. Town in Pennsylvania
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$84,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$563
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    193
    264
  • Murder
    2
    5
  • Rape
    83
    37
  • Robbery
    70
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    455
    575
  • Theft
    1,441
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    53
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,258
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    49%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Altoona Reviews

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From my experience living in Altoona, it's a good town, but there isn't many job opportunities. There'st mostly retail and restaurant jobs, and a few factory jobs. I want to further my education so I can possibly relocate to an area with better job opportunities. I'd like to see more diversity as far as jobs in Altoona and I would like to see less restaurants and doctors offices being built but would like to see more factory jobs. Altoona's downtown area isn't as lively as it has been in the past but in recent years, they have had more public events and fairs so I guess it isn't too bad.
I feel that there is a good sense of community overall. There is sometimes political issues, but there is more peaceful encounters than violent. There is good food, but not a lot of options for youth to participate in. There are many safe areas and neighborhoods but a few with concerns.
Altoona is a very nicely sized city. Most of the people in the neighborhoods and town are friendly and very willing to help at any time. The only downfalls I would say is that the hospital is not good, and that if one road is closed due to construction, it takes much longer to use another detour.