Altoona

36 reviews
  1. Suburb of Des Moines, IA
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  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-
Suburb of
Des Moines

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$158,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$735
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    88
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    13
    37
  • Robbery
    19
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    377
    575
  • Theft
    2,531
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    82
    257

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,730
National
$53,046
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    14%

    Reviews

    36 reviews
    • Excellent
      7
    • Very Good
      19
    • Average
      10
    • Poor
      0
    • Terrible
      0
    Small town feel yet expanding and growing with a great horse track and everything you need for doctor's, entertainment, grocery shopping and more.
    • Current Resident
    • 4 months ago
    Here in Altoona, we have a few big attractions. Adventureland is a large theme park that brings in families from all over the state. Prarie Meadows Racetrack and Casino attracts many adults. In August, we have the Iowa State Fair, which mass amounts of people come to not only see the attractions, but eat loads and loads of fried food on a stick!
    • Niche User
    • July 16 2014
    Some poorer developments have "cookie cutter" houses, but the majority have different builds and wide ranges of prices.
    • Niche User
    • Dec 21 2015