B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$85,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$569
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%

Altoona Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    185
    0
  • Murder
    2
    0
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    57
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    401
    1
  • Theft
    1,476
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    93
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,215
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    49%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Altoona Reviews

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Altoona has been my home town for about twenty four years now. Located in the heart of PA, you can discover many things about this town. Although there is a lot of beauty to offer, there also is some revamping that could make this city a more enjoyable place to live. The downtown section of this town is very worn. Small businesses, and the buildings alone are just falling apart. Downtown is a place to bring culture and unfortunately it does not. More restaurants, and nightlife would bring a spark, and maybe even more family oriented businesses. The community is definitely a plus. When it comes to festivals, helping each other, and coming together for a tragedy, the town does great. The cost of living is pretty descent. From a young adult being able to afford an apartment, to a family being able to live comfortably in home, it is doable. I would say all in all this town has potential, and a great place to live life.
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Altoona is an old railroading town in Central Pa. The economy is difficult and people are obviously struggling there. There are lots of new shopping opportunities, not many opportunities for people to make a living however. People in the older neighborhoods are very kind and always willing to help one another out. In the wealthier sections, people don't even know their neighbor's names. PSU is a bright spot here and is about the only source of culture to be found. There are few parks or places for children, even fewer healthy places for teens. There used to be pool halls, a skateboard park, and more play parks. Things to see are the horseshoe curve, and Wopsy lookout. The malls are completely commercial and you will have to attend the farmer's market of look downtown if you want to find anything original or to support small business. This is a good place to visit if you need to do some mall shopping or to spend your first 4 years of college, then a nice place to leave.
I was born and raised in this town. It is a nice small town with lots of potential for growth which it has seen the last couple years. Downtown has shown considerable growth and new business have been popping up left and right. This town has a great love for sports recreational and organized events all year long. The school here are very good. There are a variety of fine restaurant to eat at and many local family owned ones too. I love my home town and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a quiet, kid-friendly town to raise their family. A place where everyone knows every. Safe and low crime rate.