Altona, Indiana

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Population in 2014: 197 (91% urban, 9% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.5%
 
Males: 102  (52.0%)
Females: 95  (48.0%)
Median resident age:  38.7 years
Indiana median age:  37.6 years

Zip code: 46738

Estimated median household income in 2016: $44,085 (it was $28,958 in 2000)
Altona:

$44,085
IN:

$52,314

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $23,459 (it was $18,530 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $72,249 (it was $60,000 in 2000)
Altona:

$72,249
IN:

$134,800

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $147,411; Detached houses: $154,997; Townhouses or other attached units: $150,025; In 2-unit structures: $143,163; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $58,098; Mobile homes: $64,222

Median gross rent in 2016: $697.

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  • Races in Altona, IN (2010)

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    • 19297.5%White alone
    • 21.0%Two or more races
    • 21.0%Hispanic
    • 10.5%American Indian alone
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Altona: 77.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: European (64.7%), German (20.6%), American (9.6%), English (5.9%), Russian (3.7%), Scottish (2.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 890 feet

Land area: 0.25 square miles.

Population density: 783 people per square mile   (low).

Altona, Indiana map

For population 25 years and over in Altona:

  • High school or higher: 89.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.3%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Altona town:

  • Never married: 31.3%
  • Now married: 46.9%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 13.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $657 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $537 (0.9%)

Altona satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fort Wayne, IN (18.9 miles , pop. 205,727).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (135.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Garrett, IN (1.0 miles ), Avilla, IN (2.1 miles ), Auburn, IN (2.3 miles ), Corunna, IN (2.4 miles ), Kendallville, IN (2.9 miles ), Huntertown, IN (2.9 miles ), Waterloo, IN (3.0 miles ), Leo-Cedarville, IN (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 41.35 N, Longitude: 85.15 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 260

Altona household income distribution Altona home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.6%
Indiana:

4.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -38 (-16.1%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (49%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Retail trade (26%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Other services, except public administration (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (40%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (18%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (4%)
  • Sales and related occupations (26%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)

Average climate in Altona, Indiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Altona, Indiana average temperatures Altona, Indiana average precipitation Altona, Indiana humidity Altona, Indiana wind speed Altona, Indiana snowfall Altona, Indiana sunshine Altona, Indiana clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Altona-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 69% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 21.4 miles away from the Altona town center killed 18 people and injured 285 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

On 4/11/1965, a category F4 tornado 26.2 miles away from the town center killed 23 people and injured 294 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Altona-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 247.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 69.6 miles away from Altona center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 226.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 227.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 207.6 miles away from Altona center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 246.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in DeKalb County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Altona topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Altona:

  • MILLER'S MERRY MANOR (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; GARRETT, IN)
  • FMC - NORTHEAST INDIANA KIDNEY CENTER - AUBURN (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; AUBURN, IN)
  • YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS INC (Hospital, about 5 miles away; AVILLA, IN)
  • DAVITA- QUAD COUNTIES DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; AUBURN, IN)
  • BETZ NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; AUBURN, IN)
  • WESLEY HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; AUBURN, IN)
  • NORTHEASTERN CENTER (Hospital, about 7 miles away; AUBURN, IN)

Amtrak station near Altona:

  • 9 miles: WATERLOO (LINCOLN & CENTER STS.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Altona:

  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (about 17 miles; Fort Wayne, IN; Full-time enrollment: 10,126)
  • University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne (about 19 miles; Fort Wayne, IN; FT enrollment: 2,075)
  • Indiana Institute of Technology (about 19 miles; Fort Wayne, IN; FT enrollment: 4,320)
  • Northwest State Community College (about 45 miles; Archbold, OH; FT enrollment: 2,406)
  • Indiana University-South Bend (about 60 miles; South Bend, IN; FT enrollment: 5,563)
  • University of Notre Dame (about 62 miles; Notre Dame, IN; FT enrollment: 12,214)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University (about 64 miles; Marion, IN; FT enrollment: 13,681)

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DeKalb County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 78.3. This is about average.

City:

78.3
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.444. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.444
U.S.:

0.293

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 24.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.3
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.95. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.95
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 8.5%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.2 people
Indiana:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  50.0%
Whole state:  66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  3.3%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.2
Indiana average:

11.0

Altona travel time to work - commute Altona mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Altona town (based on DeKalb County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant8,31348
Catholic5,2953
Mainline Protestant3,55624
Other11
None25,058-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
DeKalb County:

1.92 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
DeKalb County:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
DeKalb County:

4.79 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 32
Here:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.2%
Indiana:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
DeKalb County:

30.1%
Indiana:

29.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.6%
State:

14.3%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.1%
Indiana:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Altona:

43.0%
Indiana:

44.9%

Average BMI:
Altona:

29.0
Indiana:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Altona:

16.9%
Indiana:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

8.2%
Indiana:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Indiana:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

27.7%
Indiana:

33.8%

General health condition:
Altona:

58.3%
State:

55.3%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.9%
State:

78.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Altona, IN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$674
Totals for Government 0$0 8$674

Altona government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $14,000 ($71.07)
    Regular Highways: $5,000 ($25.38)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $9,000 ($45.69)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,000 ($15.23)

Altona government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $7,000 ($35.53)
    Highways: $2,000 ($10.15)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($30.46)
    Property Sale Other: $3,000 ($15.23)
    Rents: $1,000 ($5.08)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $5,000 ($25.38)
    General Support: $3,000 ($15.23)
  • Tax - Property: $14,000 ($71.07)
    Individual Income: $3,000 ($15.23)

Altona government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $57,000 ($289.34)

5.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,080 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.68%
Indiana average:

5.59%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Allen County, IN  1.64% ($36,150 average AGI)
from Noble County, IN  0.94% ($27,248)
from Steuben County, IN  0.78% ($27,488)


5.84% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,278 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.84%
Indiana average:

5.83%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Allen County, IN  1.76% ($31,413 average AGI)
to Steuben County, IN  0.81% ($43,910)
to Noble County, IN  0.77% ($28,913)

Strongest AM radio stations in Altona:

  • WOWO (1190 AM; 50 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WGLL (1570 AM; 1 kW; AUBURN, IN; Owner: THE RAYMOND S. AND DOROTHY N. MOORE FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WFCV (1090 AM; daytime; 3 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WONO (1380 AM; 5 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WMSH-FM (99 AM; 1 kW; STURGIS, MI; Owner: LAKE CITIES BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WFDF (910 AM; 50 kW; FLINT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WJR (760 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WGL (1250 AM; 2 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: TRAVIS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WCHB (1200 AM; 50 kW; TAYLOR, MI; Owner: RADIO ONE OF DETROIT, LLC)
  • WIBC (1070 AM; 50 kW; INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WDFN (1130 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WWJ (950 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Altona:

  • WBTU (93.3 FM; KENDALLVILLE, IN; Owner: ARTISTIC MEDIA PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WXTW (102.3 FM; AUBURN, IN; Owner: TRAVIS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WMEE (97.3 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WLAB (88.3 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: INDIANA DISTTRICT OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH - MO SYNOD, INC.)
  • WBCL (90.3 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: TAYLOR UNIVERSITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WAJI (95.1 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: SARKES TARZIAN, INC.)
  • WBNI-FM (89.1 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PUBLIC BROADCASTING OF NE IN., INC.)
  • WNHT (96.3 FM; CHURUBUSCO, IN; Owner: TRAVIS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WFWI (92.3 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WYLT (103.9 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: TAVIS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WJFX (107.9 FM; NEW HAVEN, IN; Owner: FORT WAYNE RADIO CORP.)
  • WFJZ (106.7 FM; HICKSVILLE, OH; Owner: FALLEN TIMBER COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WSHI (106.3 FM; COLUMBIA CITY, IN; Owner: JAMMIN' BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WLDE (101.7 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: SARKES TARZIAN, INC.)
  • WTHD (105.5 FM; LAGRANGE, IN; Owner: LAKE CITIES BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W277AK (103.3 FM; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WLKI (100.3 FM; ANGOLA, IN; Owner: LAKE CITIES BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLEG (102.7 FM; LIGONIER, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WQHK-FM (105.1 FM; DECATUR, IN; Owner: JAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCVM (94.7 FM; BRONSON, MI; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)

TV broadcast stations around Altona:

  • W07CL (Channel 7; AUBURN, IN; Owner: THE RAYMOND S. AND DOROTHY N. MOORE FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WFFT-TV (Channel 55; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: QUOROM OF FT. WAYNE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WANE-TV (Channel 15; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: INDIANA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WPTA (Channel 21; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: WPTA-TV LICENSE, INC.)
  • WFWA (Channel 39; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: FORT WAYNE PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WISE-TV (Channel 33; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: NVG-FORT WAYNE II, LLC)
  • W66BD (Channel 53; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN TELEVISION)
  • W45AG (Channel 45; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: TRAN STAR, INC.)
  • WINM (Channel 63; ANGOLA, IN; Owner: TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN TV, INC.)
  • DW68BN (Channel 68; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: ZONATION BROADCASTING)
  • WDFM-LP (Channel 19; DEFIANCE, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 1 partial tract)
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$111,7603$86,557
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$02$57,805
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$72,610
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0206.00

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (83%)
  • Electricity (17%)

Altona compared to Indiana state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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