For population 25 years and over in Altoona:
For population 15 years and over in Altoona town:
33 residents are foreign born (2.9% Latin America).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $279 (0.4%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Birmingham, AL (44.9 miles , pop. 242,820).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (545.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Walnut Grove, AL (1.8 miles ), Clarence, AL (2.4 miles ), Susan Moore, AL (2.6 miles ), Snead, AL (2.7 miles ), Steele, AL (3.0 miles ), Douglas, AL (3.1 miles ), Oneonta, AL (3.3 miles ), Rosa, AL (3.4 miles ).
Latitude: 34.03 N, Longitude: 86.32 W
Area code commonly used in this area: 205
Population change in the 1990s: +99 (+11.2%).
Work and jobs in Altoona: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Altoona, Alabama
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Altoona-area historical tornado activity is above Alabama state average. It is 295% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 11/24/2001, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 1.2 miles away from the Altoona town center injured 22 people and caused $1 million in damages.
On 11/18/1957, a category F4 tornado 11.9 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Altoona-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 51.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 68.9 miles away from Altoona center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 89.8 miles away from the city center
On 12/12/1997 at 08:42:20, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 68.8 miles away from the city center
On 12/8/2001 at 01:08:21, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 49.0 miles away from Altoona center
On 11/28/1999 at 11:00:09, a magnitude 3.8 (3.5 MB, 3.8 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 68.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Etowah County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 5
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 9, Tornadoes: 6, Hurricanes: 4, Winds: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Freeze: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hospitals/medical centers near Altoona:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Altoona:
Public elementary/middle school in Altoona:
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Private elementary/middle school in Altoona:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 16.0. This is better than average. There were 20 monitors within city limits.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.6. This is about average. There were 1 monitors within city limits.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2008 was 0.160. This is significantly better than average. There were 18 monitors within city limits.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.17. This is significantly worse than average. There were 21 monitors within city limits.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 11.4. This is about average. There were 18 monitors within city limits.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Altoona and their reported violations in the past:ALTOONA WATER & SEWER SERVICE (Population served: 1164, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 26.3%
(25.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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Percentage of family households:
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
48 people in nursing homes in 2000
Altoona compared to Alabama state average:
Banks with branches in Altoona (2011 data):
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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Religion statistics for Altoona (based on Etowah County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 68.31%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 25
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 64
Number of full-service restaurants: 51
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Altoona government finances in 2002(per resident):
5.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,843 average adjusted gross income)
0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($145 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
4.85% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,893 average adjusted gross income)
0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($202 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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Altoona fatal accident list:
Nov 19, 1987 03:45 PM, 1464, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 6
Total length: 43 meters (141ft)
Total costs: $15,119,000
Total average daily traffic: 10,479
Total average daily truck traffic: 3,524
Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic: 20,687
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Altoona)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:1
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:1
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Altoona)
FAA Registered Aircraft:2
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2014.