Altoona

84 reviews
  1. Town in Pennsylvania
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    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
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$84,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$563
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    193
    264
  • Murder
    2
    5
  • Rape
    83
    37
  • Robbery
    70
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    455
    575
  • Theft
    1,441
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    53
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,258
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    49%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

84 reviews
  • Excellent
    8
  • Very Good
    20
  • Average
    43
  • Poor
    10
  • Terrible
    3
Altoona is a very nicely sized city. Most of the people in the neighborhoods and town are friendly and very willing to help at any time. The only downfalls I would say is that the hospital is not good, and that if one road is closed due to construction, it takes much longer to use another detour.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago
I have lived in Altoona my whole life and love everything about the town. It is large enough to make you feel important, yet small enough to not have you get lost. I would like to see more for the younger generation be done, so there is more to do and more families want to come into Altoona.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
There isn't really too much major crimes that occur in my area. Most of the police work seems to be trying to limit drug problems, and trying to keep the roads safe. The police catch a lot of people speeding and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Police are always visible and always respond quickly to crime.
  • Niche User
  • 9 months ago