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Welcome to Altoona ...

The city of Altoona is located in Blair County<1>.

When the people of Altoona refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altoonan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Altoona has a population of 43,702 people<3> (see below for details).

Altoona was established in 1849.

The community of Altoona is 1,190 feet [363 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Altoona lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Altoona is within the (814) area code.

The ZIP code for Altoona: 16602<5>

Websites for Altoona ...

Official Website:   www.altoonapa.gov/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.blairchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Altoona had an population of 43,702 people. This is a decrease of 5.65% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 11.75% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Altoona had a population of 46,320 people (or 36.45% of the total population of Blair County). This makes Altoona the county's most populous community.

The population of Altoona represents 0.36% of the population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 46,320 people, the population of Altoona decreased 6.47% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 49,523 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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 Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, 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.

  • Huntingdon [Huntingdon County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huntingdon have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huntingdon
    • Huntingdon [Huntingdon County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Altoona
    • Estimated population in 2018: 6,959 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huntingdon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huntingdon<8>
  • Hollidaysburg [Blair County]
  • Tyrone [Blair County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tyrone have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tyrone
    • Tyrone [Blair County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Altoona
    • Estimated population in 2018: 5,194 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tyrone
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tyrone<8>
  • Ebensburg [Cambria County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ebensburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ebensburg
    • Ebensburg [Cambria County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the west of Altoona
    • Estimated population in 2018: 3,090 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ebensburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ebensburg<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Roaring Spring [Blair County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roaring Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roaring Spring
      • Roaring Spring [Blair County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the south of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 2,463 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roaring Spring
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roaring Spring<8>
    • Martinsburg [Blair County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martinsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martinsburg
      • Martinsburg [Blair County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the south of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,847 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Martinsburg<8>
    • Bellwood [Blair County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bellwood have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellwood
      • Bellwood [Blair County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,752 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bellwood<8>
    • Patton [Cambria County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Patton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patton
      • Patton [Cambria County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northwest of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,626 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Patton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Patton<8>
    • Cresson [Cambria County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cresson have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cresson
      • Cresson [Cambria County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the west of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,572 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cresson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cresson<8>
    • Gallitzin [Cambria County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gallitzin have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gallitzin
      • Gallitzin [Cambria County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the west of Altoona
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,551 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gallitzin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gallitzin<8>

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. Our list includes 34 papers. 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Blair County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Altoona: www.altoonapa.gov/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Blair, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 city'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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Altoona.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Altoona - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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 city (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).
<6>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Altoona

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altoona. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5170, Longitude: -78.3964    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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