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Population in 2012: 15,409 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +49.0%
Males: 7,614  (49.4%)
Females: 7,795  (50.6%)

Median resident age:  33.7 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50009, 50035, 50317, 50327.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $66,840 (it was $50,162 in 2000)
Altoona:

$66,840
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $29,106

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $166,082 (it was $113,300 in 2000)
Altoona:

$166,082
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $170,562; Detached houses: $175,619; Townhouses or other attached units: $167,931; In 2-unit structures: $108,142; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $128,419; Mobile homes: $71,813

Median gross rent in 2012: $729.

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  • White alone - 13,748 (94.4%)
  • Two or more races - 309 (2.1%)
  • Hispanic - 268 (1.8%)
  • Black alone - 142 (1.0%)
  • Asian alone - 69 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 27 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Altoona: 91.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (29.7%), Irish (12.7%), English (8.9%), Dutch (8.0%), Norwegian (4.8%), United States (4.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 03/11/1876

Land area: 7.10 square miles.

Population density: 2,169 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Altoona:

  • High school or higher: 96.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Altoona city:

  • Never married: 22.5%
  • Now married: 60.9%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 10.4%

146 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.0%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 11 registered sex offenders living in Altoona, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Altoona to the number of sex offenders is 1,401 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,630 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,452 (1.8%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (8.7 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (134.4 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (299.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Bondurant, IA (1.8 miles ), Pleasant Hill, IA (2.2 miles ), Mitchellville, IA (2.4 miles ), Saylorville, IA (2.9 miles ), Ankeny, IA (2.9 miles ), Des Moines, IA (2.9 miles ), Valeria, IA (3.1 miles) , Elkhart, IA (3.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 110 buildings, average cost: $111,600
  • 1998: 96 buildings, average cost: $121,600
  • 1999: 114 buildings, average cost: $123,000
  • 2000: 74 buildings, average cost: $130,400
  • 2001: 154 buildings, average cost: $118,600
  • 2002: 197 buildings, average cost: $107,600
  • 2003: 210 buildings, average cost: $109,700
  • 2004: 335 buildings, average cost: $110,600
  • 2005: 222 buildings, average cost: $123,200
  • 2006: 151 buildings, average cost: $115,500
  • 2007: 128 buildings, average cost: $160,800
  • 2008: 78 buildings, average cost: $167,500
  • 2009: 87 buildings, average cost: $163,000
  • 2010: 72 buildings, average cost: $164,900
  • 2011: 170 buildings, average cost: $133,700
  • 2012: 90 buildings, average cost: $168,600

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Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 41.65 N, Longitude: 93.47 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -1,820 (-12.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,626 (20.5%)

Area code: 515

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Crime rates in Altoona by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 100001000100
per 100,000 9.90.00.00.00.08.20.00.00.06.70.00.0
Rapes 320112452511
per 100,000 29.719.40.09.18.816.528.834.814.033.36.86.7
Robberies 364044226144
per 100,000 29.758.138.50.035.132.914.413.942.06.727.427.0
Assaults 688969161014141419
per 100,000 59.477.477.182.052.774.0115.369.797.993.395.8128.1
Burglaries 585854394268444959846674
per 100,000 573.8561.3520.1355.2368.8559.4317.0341.3412.7559.6451.5499.0
Thefts 366410399428420462416407342327424438
per 100,000 3620.93967.53843.23898.03687.83800.62996.72835.22392.12178.32900.72953.5
Auto thefts 211417121712251616151421
per 100,000 207.8135.5163.7109.3149.398.7180.1111.5111.999.995.8141.6
Arson 024013021023
per 100,000 0.019.438.50.08.824.70.013.97.00.013.720.2
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 300.2) 279.4270.3241.9224.0224.2266.2217.4202.0185.9204.8197.7213.8

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Altoona detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 25 (23 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.55
Iowa average:

1.72

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Altoona, Iowa accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.7%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +2,927 (+39.5%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Finance and insurance (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Finance and insurance (17%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Business operations specialists (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Altoona-area historical tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 206% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 28.2 miles away from the Altoona city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 9.4 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 50 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Clyde Crabtree - College football player, John Houbolt - Aerospace engineer, Kyle Orton - 2005 NFL player (Chicago Bears, born: Nov 14, 1982).


Hospital/medical center in Altoona:

  • ALTOONA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, 200 SEVENTH AVENUE SW)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Altoona:

  • THE HOMESTEAD LIVING AND LEARNING CENTER (Hospital, about 5 miles away; RUNNELLS, IA)
  • EASTON HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; DES MOINES, IA)
  • PARKRIDGE NURSING AND REHAB CENT (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; PLEASANT HILL, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in Altoona, IA

Local government website: www.altoona-iowa.com

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Altoona:

  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 10 miles; Ankeny, IA; Full-time enrollment: 8,947)
  • Drake University (about 10 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 4,382)
  • Iowa State University (about 28 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 70 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 70 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 3,272)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 80 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,923)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 80 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)

Public high school in Altoona:

Public elementary/middle schools in Altoona:

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Library in Altoona:

  • ALTOONA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $640,368; Location: 700 EIGHTH ST SW; 64,095 books; 2,527 e-books; 5,405 audio materials; 3,489 video materials; 3 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 184 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines,Iowa was not listed as a major hospital or medical center near Altoona, Iowa. Methodist and Mercy are the two largest medical centers in the Des Moines metro. Thanks.

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Notable locations in Altoona: Adventureland Campground (A), Prairie Meadows Racetrack (B), Altoona (C), Altoona Police Deaprtment (D), Altoona City Fire Department (E), Altoona City Hall (F), Altoona City Public Library (G), Altoona Community Service Campus (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Altoona include: Altoona United Methodist Church (A), Saints John and Paul Catholic Church (B), Altoona Christian Church (C), Altoona Assembly of God Church (D), Community Church of Christ (E), Church of the Cross (F), Adventure-Life Reformed Church (G), Cornerstone Baptist Church (H), Christ the King Lutheran Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Altoona include: Greenbelt Park (1), Eagle Ridge Park (2), Adventureland Estates (3), Village Park (4), Greenway Park (5), Prairie Heritage Park (6), Lions Park (7), Sam Wise Youth Complex (8), Haines Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Carousel of Des Moines Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 500 Adventureland Drive), Altoona Municipal Pool (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1200 Venbury Drive), Tack Shack (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1 Prairie Meadows Drive), Recroomgames4u (Arcades & Amusements; 2013 3rd Street Southwest).

Hotels: Des Moines East - Altoona (3225 Adventureland Dr), Motel 6 (3225 Adventureland Drive), Settle Inn & Suites (2101 Adventureland Drive), Howard Johnson Express Inn (2701 Adventureland Drive).

 
Polk 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
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AQI  CO  Ozone  PM10 PM2.5 SO2 NO2

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 30.3. This is about average.
City:

30.3
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.282. This is about average. There were 18 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.282
U.S.:

0.334
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 16.0. This is better than average. There were 20 monitors within city limits.
City:

16.0
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.11. This is about average. There were 1 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.11
U.S.:

9.59
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.17. This is significantly worse than average. There were 21 monitors within city limits.
City:

4.17
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 9.05. This is about average. There were 18 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.05
U.S.:

9.39

Drinking water stations with addresses in Altoona and their reported violations in the past:

ALTOONA WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 13301, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Single Sample - Between JUL-2001 and JUN-2002, Contaminant: Combined Radium (-226 & -228). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-28-2003), St Public Notif requested (MAR-28-2003), St Compliance achieved (OCT-29-2003)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JUL-01-1992 and MAR-01-2002, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2002)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 5.1%
(4.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.6% for Black residents, 11.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  72.3%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.7%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Altoona, IA

People in group quarters in Altoona in 2010:

  • 104 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 12 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Altoona in 2000:

  • 90 people in nursing homes
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 7 people in other group homes

Altoona compared to Iowa state average:

Altoona, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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


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Banks with branches in Altoona (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Pleasant Hill Branch at 1301 N.E. 56th Street, branch established on 1997/07/07. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Great Western Bank: Altoona Branch at 2770 8th Street Southwest, branch established on 2004/12/13. Info updated 2010/06/08: Bank assets: $8,458.0 mil, Deposits: $6,362.5 mil, headquarters in Watertown, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 187 total offices, Holding Company: National Australia Bank Limited
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Altoona Branch at 111 8th Street, S.E., branch established on 1959/01/01. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Valley Bank: Altoona Branch at 160 Adventureland Dr, Ste H, branch established on 2008/08/18. Info updated 2008/08/11: Bank assets: $629.4 mil, Deposits: $477.0 mil, headquarters in Moline, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: River Valley Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank Iowa: Altoona Branch at 420 8th Street Southeast, branch established on 1994/08/26. Info updated 2011/08/05: Bank assets: $1,089.9 mil, Deposits: $913.9 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 24 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Iowa Corporation
  • Legacy Bank: at 502 8th Street, S.W., branch established on 1904/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $81.9 mil, Deposits: $74.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: F. S. Bancor, Inc.
  • Community State Bank, National Association: Altoona Branch at 200 8th St Se, branch established on 1933/07/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $547.6 mil, Deposits: $434.8 mil, headquarters in Ankeny, IA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Van Diest Investment Company

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Altoona, Iowa:

  • Best Western Altoona Inn, 300 34th Ave NW, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-2400, Fax: (515) 967-0150
  • Motel 6, 3225 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-5252, Fax: (515) 967-5252
  • Holiday Inn, 2701 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-4886, Fax: (515) 967-9250
  • Altoona Settle Inn, 2101 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-7888, Fax: (515) 967-1777
  • Holiday Inn Express-Altoona Des Moines, 165 Adventureland Drive NW, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-1855
  • Praire Meadows, 1 Pr Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009 , Phone: (515) 967-1000
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Altoona, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Altoona travel time to work - commute


Altoona mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (74%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

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Neighborhoods in Altoona:

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Religion statistics for Altoona city (based on Polk County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.19%
Here48.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Assemblies of God
Adherents32.2%13.1%11.0%5.5%5.5%
Congregations6.6%9.4%13.5%5.9%4.9%
NameLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA) Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents4.4%3.9%2.9%2.9%18.5%
Congregations3.8%5.9%1.4%1.7%46.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 63
Polk County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 7
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 158
Polk County:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 316
This county:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

25.8%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 5$18,841$45,2180$0
Other Government Administration 4$21,910$65,7300$0
Police Protection - Officers 22$101,279$55,2430$0
Police - Other 2$6,735$40,4100$0
Firefighters 6$22,638$45,2766$4,530
Fire - Other 1$3,031$36,3720$0
Streets and Highways 8$35,909$53,8640$0
Sewerage 3$12,529$50,1160$0
Parks and Recreation 5$18,558$44,5390$0
Water Supply 5$20,869$50,0860$0
Local Libraries 3$11,809$47,23614$13,162
Other and Unallocable 9$41,991$55,9880$0
Totals for Government 73$316,099$51,96120$17,692

Altoona government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $3,831,000 ($248.62)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $4,426,000 ($287.23)
    Sewerage: $2,119,000 ($137.52)
    Police Protection: $1,987,000 ($128.95)
    General - Other: $1,640,000 ($106.43)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,057,000 ($68.60)
    Regular Highways: $933,000 ($60.55)
    Local Fire Protection: $625,000 ($40.56)
    Libraries: $558,000 ($36.21)
    Solid Waste Management: $501,000 ($32.51)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $495,000 ($32.12)
    Central Staff Services: $376,000 ($24.40)
    Financial Administration: $355,000 ($23.04)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $75,000 ($4.87)
    General Public Buildings: $67,000 ($4.35)
    Health - Other: $48,000 ($3.12)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $923,000 ($59.90)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $575,000 ($37.32)
    Parks and Recreation: $151,000 ($9.80)
    Regular Highways: $141,000 ($9.15)
    Police Protection: $101,000 ($6.55)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,035,000 ($261.86)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $355,000 ($23.04)

Altoona government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $2,571,000 ($166.85)
    Solid Waste Management: $482,000 ($31.28)
    All Other: $278,000 ($18.04)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $93,000 ($6.04)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $147,000 ($9.54)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $386,000 ($25.05)
    General Revenue, NEC: $179,000 ($11.62)
    Fines and Forfeits: $20,000 ($1.30)
    Special Assessments: $6,000 ($0.39)
    Rents: $3,000 ($0.19)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,732,000 ($177.30)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $988,000 ($64.12)
    All Other: $52,000 ($3.37)
  • Tax - Property: $7,790,000 ($505.55)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,378,000 ($89.43)
    Other License: $570,000 ($36.99)
    Public Utilities Sales: $82,000 ($5.32)

Altoona government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $31,885,000 ($2069.25)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,830,000 ($1806.09)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,465,000 ($549.35)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,410,000 ($286.20)

Altoona government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,283,000 ($342.85)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,784,000 ($1219.03)

6.65% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($41,746 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.65%
Iowa average:

6.30%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($372 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.06%
Iowa average:

0.10%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dallas County, IA  0.62% ($46,738 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.45% ($38,500)
from Warren County, IA  0.43% ($36,603)


5.85% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($47,662 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.85%
Iowa average:

6.47%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($202 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.04%
Iowa average:

0.03%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dallas County, IA  1.04% ($61,981 average AGI)
to Warren County, IA  0.40% ($47,092)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($32,827)

Strongest AM radio stations in Altoona:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KWKY (1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: PUTBRESE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Altoona:

  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KJMC (89.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: MINORITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K269EJ (101.7 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K209EN (89.7 FM; CLIVE, IA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KCOB-FM (95.9 FM; NEWTON, IA; Owner: CENTRAL IOWA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWDM (88.7 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: W. DES MOINES COMM. SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • K213DV (90.5 FM; PLEASANT HILL, IA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Altoona:

  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K29EA (Channel 29; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K46EY (Channel 46; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KFPX (Channel 39; NEWTON, IA; Owner: PAXSON DES MOINES LICENSE, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Altoona fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Altoona)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

32 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

7
  • 405 First Ave N (Lat: 41.654361 Lon: -93.463667), Type: Tower, Structure height: 37 m, Overall height: 42 m, Call Sign: KBP54
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.180 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/10/2011, Expiration Date: 01/29/2021, Certifier: Richard K Rahto
    Registrant: Iowa Dept Of Trans, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010, Phone: (515) 239-1552, Fax: (515) 232-6739, Email:
  • 407 8th Se (Lat: 41.649444 Lon: -93.461333), Type: Tower, Structure height: 30.5 m, Call Sign: KVX762
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.935 MHz, 159.345 MHz, 158.760 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/14/2011, Expiration Date: 02/25/2022
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Co, 1100 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: (515) 283-1100, Fax: (515) 244-6948, Email:
  • 407 8th St Se (Lat: 41.650000 Lon: -93.461333), Call Sign: WGC820
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.770 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/22/2004, Expiration Date: 05/17/2014
    Registrant: City Of Altoona, 407 8th St Se, Altoona, IA 50009, Phone: (515) 967-5136, Fax: (515) 967-0842, Email:
  • 3311 Adventureland Drive (Lat: 41.658889 Lon: -93.503056), Call Sign: WPTB525
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.862 MHz, 451.887 MHz, 452.237 MHz, 452.262 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/22/2001, Expiration Date: 08/22/2011, Cancellation Date: 06/21/2011, Certifier: James F O'Halloran
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Co, 1100 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: (515) 283-1100, Fax: (515) 244-6948, Email:
  • 3215 Adventureland Drive (Lat: 41.658333 Lon: -93.498056), Call Sign: WPVY717
    Assigned Frequencies: 469.212 MHz, 469.037 MHz, 469.237 MHz, 469.062 MHz, 469.262 MHz, 469.087 MHz, 469.287 MHz, 469.112 MHz, 469.312 MHz, 469.137 MHz... (+21 more)
    Grant Date: 09/05/2012, Expiration Date: 09/06/2022, Certifier: Teri J Nelson
    Registrant: Tj & Me, Inc, 7032 Ridgedale Ct, Johnston, IA 50131, Phone: (515) 251-4808, Fax: (515) 251-3965, Email:
  • Lat: 41.655000 Lon: -93.488611, Call Sign: WPWX308
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.350 MHz, 461.225 MHz, 463.525 MHz, 464.075 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/12/2013, Expiration Date: 02/03/2023, Certifier: Darryl Neff
    Registrant: Washington Radio Reports, 1588 Fairfield Road Ste 7, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (717) 334-0668, Fax: (717) 334-6440
  • 3414 8th Street Sw (Lat: 41.643889 Lon: -93.502778), Call Sign: WQCF449
    Assigned Frequencies: 467.512 MHz, 467.487 MHz, 467.462 MHz, 467.187 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/18/2005, Expiration Date: 02/18/2015, Certifier: Joan Anderberg
    Registrant: Advanced Wireless Communications, 20809 Kensington Blvd., Lakeville, MN 55021, Phone: (952) 469-5400, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

7
  • ALTOONA, 3429 Adventureland Drive (Lat: 41.659444 Lon: -93.505278), Type: Tower, Structure height: 48.8 m, Overall height: 53.3 m, Call Sign: WPOQ331
    Assigned Frequencies: 6595.00 MHz, 5974.85 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/28/2008, Expiration Date: 12/01/2018, Cancellation Date: 10/22/2012, Certifier: Steven T Campbell
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:
  • BONDURANT, 5810 Ne 62 Ave. (Lat: 41.674444 Lon: -93.497778), Type: Tower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WPWV805
    Assigned Frequencies: 6775.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/10/2013, Expiration Date: 01/27/2023, Certifier: John A Hamilton
    Registrant: Midamerican Energy Company, 106 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52801, Phone: (563) 333-8567, Fax: (563) 333-8558, Email:
  • Altoona, Lat: 41.647500 Lon: -93.471306, Call Sign: WQCB968, Licensee ID: L00628321
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.406 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/26/2005, Expiration Date: 01/26/2015, Certifier: Shirley Bos
    Registrant: South East Polk Rwd
  • ALTOONA, Lat: 41.647500 Lon: -93.471306, Call Sign: WQGS620
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.356 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/05/2007, Expiration Date: 04/05/2017, Certifier: Douglas Jones
    Registrant: Sensus, 450 N Gallatin Ave, Uniontown, PA 15401, Phone: (800) 638-3748, Fax: (800) 888-2403, Email:
  • SWANWOOD, 5573 Ne 46th St (Lat: 41.661389 Lon: -93.521111), Type: Tower, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 46.9 m, Call Sign: WQIZ807
    Assigned Frequencies: 6093.45 MHz, 5974.85 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/30/2008, Expiration Date: 06/30/2018, Cancellation Date: 12/30/2009, Certifier: William Chastain
    Registrant: Radio Dynamics Corporation, Silver Spring, MD 20914, Phone: (301) 493-5171, Fax: (301) 576-4553, Email:
  • Adventureland Hotel, Lat: 41.657444 Lon: -93.495722, Type: Building, Structure height: 9 m, Overall height: 10 m, Call Sign: WQJA665
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/08/2008, Expiration Date: 07/08/2018, Certifier: Christopher T Kelly
    Registrant: Circle Computer Resources, Inc., 2919 1st Ave. Se, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, Phone: (319) 362-1244, Fax: (866) 910-3771, Email:
  • Griffs Campground, Lat: 41.677583 Lon: -93.519361, Type: Pole, Structure height: 7 m, Call Sign: WQJA665
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/08/2008, Expiration Date: 07/08/2018, Certifier: Christopher T Kelly
    Registrant: Circle Computer Resources, Inc., 2919 1st Ave. Se, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, Phone: (319) 362-1244, Fax: (866) 910-3771, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

34 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Altoona)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Altoona)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED53$153,33860$134,699248$152,38910$45,4051$1,081,71013$106,9825$36,178
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$135,1002$208,84529$135,2842$58,6300$00$02$39,540
APPLICATIONS DENIED4$146,5785$99,62679$164,1158$32,2130$04$119,6482$87,490
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$168,3933$150,44052$157,0301$153,6200$02$122,9401$36,810
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$09$159,9330$00$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0107.01

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED11$167,29720$162,757
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$189,3005$164,528
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$158,6203$154,680
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$205,8901$253,160
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$113,1700$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0107.01

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 40
  • Hazardous Condition: 21

Incident types - Altoona


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Altoona, IA

Most common first names in Altoona, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William3476.5 years
Mary3480.4 years
Robert3471.5 years
John2976.8 years
Harold2378.2 years
James2376.2 years
Helen2181.6 years
Dorothy2079.4 years
Margaret1981.2 years
Charles1878.9 years
Most common last names in Altoona, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown1773.0 years
Johnson1677.6 years
Miller1573.4 years
Wilson1180.2 years
Anderson1178.0 years
Porter1081.0 years
Peterson1084.5 years
Smith980.5 years
Davis879.5 years
Walker880.6 years
Businesses in Altoona, IA
NameCountNameCount
Applebee's1Motel 61
Arby's1Panda Express1
Best Western1Payless1
Big O Tires1Pizza Hut2
Burger King1Quiznos1
Caribou Coffee1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen1Sprint Nextel1
Fashion Bug1Staples1
FedEx2Starbucks1
GNC1Subway2
GameStop1T-Mobile2
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1Target1
Jimmy John's1U.S. Cellular1
KFC1UPS4
Lowe's1Village Inn1
MasterBrand Cabinets1Walgreens1
McDonald's2Walmart1
Menards1Wendy's1
Browse common businesses in Altoona, IA


Altoona on our top lists:

  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Motor vehicle, parts and supplies merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Finance and insurance (population 5,000+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year (population 5,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Other healthcare support occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Motor vehicle, parts and supplies merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the biggest property tax revenues per resident in 2004 in $"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most local government spending on current operations of libraries per resident in 2004 in $ (population 10,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
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  • David Hondred (7)
  • Mary Rupe (6)
  • Thomas R. Johnston (2)
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  • John Gary Gardner (2)
  • Cory Mass (1)
  • Stuart Henry Ault (1)
  • John J. Goeders (1)
  • Clara Alarcon (1)
  • Maurice W. Arndt (1)

Total of 34 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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