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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B+
Altoona is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 17,354. Altoona is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Altoona offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Altoona there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Altoona and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Altoona are above average.
About Altoona...
Population
17,354

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$174,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$845
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Altoona Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    107.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    242.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,570.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    123.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Altoona

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,801
National
$55,322

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Altoona is small but has everything a large suburb has including an outlet mall, premium movie theater, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, and restaurants. The shopping scene is still expanding and summer is where it's at with the Thoroughbred horse races!
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Altoona is close to Des Moines, which provides many opportunities to residents while providing a low cost of living. There bike trails and paths throughout the city, making it easy to be active outdoors. If one thing should be changed about Altoona, it should be diversity among residents.
Growing suburb with growing amenities! Great family living, affordable and close to neighboring wants in nearby areas. Real estate market is fast with new developments available.