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Altoona, Alabama

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Welcome to Altoona ...

The town of Altoona is primarily located in Etowah County. A portion of Altoona extends into Blount County.

When the people of Altoona refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altoonan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Altoona has a population of 924 people<2> (see below for details).

Altoona was established in 1908.

The community of Altoona is 1,030 feet [314 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Altoona lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Altoona (for example, toward Cave Spring (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Altoona lies within the (205) area code.

The ZIP code for Altoona: 35952<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Altoona had a population of 933 people. This makes Altoona the county's 8th most populous community.

The population of Altoona represents 0.02% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 264th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 933 people, the population of Altoona decreased 5.18% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 984 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Altoona had an population of 924 people. This is a decrease of 0.96% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.1% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Altoona.

Communities near Altoona ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Altoona and not the distance if you are driving it.<5>.

Community   2015
Albertville   [Map]   21,462   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Ashville   [Map]   2,256   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Attalla   [Map]   5,899   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Blountsville   [Map]   1,697   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
Boaz   [Map]   9,688   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gadsden   [Map]   36,084   E   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Altoona.

Communities Also Named Altoona ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Altoona - they are located in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Altoona.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Altoona. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Altoona. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Altoona.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Altoona:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Altoona ...

Looking for more information about Altoona? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Altoona, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Altoona.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Altoona. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Altoona refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Altoona may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Altoona.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Altoona - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Altoona). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Altoona or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Altoona. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Altoona) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Altoona. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Altoona

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altoona. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0331, Longitude: -86.3136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Altoona have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Altoona.


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