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The location of Altoona

Welcome to Altoona ...

The city of Altoona is located in Blair County.

The location of Altoona has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Altoona has a population of 44,098 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 lies within the (814) area code.

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Altoona had a population of 46,320 people (which is 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 total 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).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Altoona had an population of 44,098 people. This is a decrease of 4.8% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.95% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Altoona ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Altoona and not the distance as if you drove.<5>.

Community   2017
Bellwood   [Map]   1,746   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Cresson   [Map]   1,592   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
Ebensburg   [Map]   3,123   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
Gallitzin   [Map]   1,568   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Huntingdon   [Map]   6,964   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Loretto   [Map]   1,290   W   12 miles [19.3 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 Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, 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 for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Altoona. If available, we provide a satellite 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. Our list includes 34 papers.

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

Websites for Altoona ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Pennsylvania

About Blair County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Altoona:

The official website for State of Pennsylvania:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<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.

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<3>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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<4>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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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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: 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: 40.5115, Longitude: -78.3997     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Altoona have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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