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Welcome to Altoona ...

The town of Altoona is primarily located in Etowah County<1>. A portion of Altoona extends into Blount County.

The location of Altoona has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

Altoona was established in 1908.

When the people of Altoona refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altoonan<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Altoona has a population of 916 people<4> (see below for details).

The community of Altoona is 1,030 feet [314 m] above sea level.<5>.

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 Etna (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<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Altoona had an population of 916 people. This is a decrease of 1.82% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.91% since the 2000 Census).

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 total 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 (which had a count of 984 people).

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

Communities Also Named Altoona ...

Using our Gazetteer, we 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.

Communities near Altoona ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Altoona.

  • Gadsden
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Albertville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Boaz
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Rainbow City
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Southside
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Southside is located in Calhoun County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,046 people
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southside
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Southside
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Southside <7>
  • Oneonta
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Attalla
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Springville
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Ashville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ashville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Ashville is located in Saint Clair County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,396 people
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashville
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Ashville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ashville <7>
  • Sardis City
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sardis City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sardis City is located in Etowah County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,776 people
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sardis City
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Sardis City

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Altoona. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Altoona.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Altoona.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Altoona. See our Newspapers 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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Altoona, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Altoona.

Adding Altoona to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Altoona in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Altoona was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Altoona post office opened in 1900.

We also found Altoona on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Alabama (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Altoona.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Altoona. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Etowah, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Altoona.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Altoona - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>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).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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