Altoona is a city in Polk County in the center of the U.S. state of Iowa and part of the metropolitan region around Iowa's capital Des Moines. In 2000, Altoona had 10,345 inhabitants.
In Altoona, there is the amusement park Adventureland and Prairie Meadows, a Racino (mixture of horse racing track and casino ).
Altoona is located at 41 ° 39'00 " north latitude and 93 ° 28'21 " west longitude. The city covers an area of 18.4 km ², which consists exclusively of land area.
In the north- west of the city intersect Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 65
Iowa's capital Des Moines is 16 km west- south-westerly direction, the Quad Cities 254 km to the east, Kansas City, Missouri 322 km south-southeast direction and Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, 395 km to the north.
Altoona was raised in 1876 to the city. The name is altus (height) derived from the Latin word, because the surveyor Julian B. Bausman discovered that Altoona was the highest point of the Des Moines Valley Railroad between Des Moines and Keokuk.
In the census of 2000 a population of 10,345 was determined. These distributed to 3,850 households in 2,895 families. The population density was 708.2 / km ². There were 3,959 buildings, which corresponds to a site density of 215.3 / km ².
The population was in 2000 from 97.11 % White, 0.92 % African American, 0.33 % Native Americans, 0.46 % Asian, and 1.18% other. 1.20 % said to be descended from at least two of these groups. 1.65% of the population were Hispanics who belonged to the various of the aforementioned groups.
30.6 % were under the age of 18, 8.1 % from 18 to 24, 33.3 % 25-44, 20.3% from 45 to 64 and 7.7 % 65 and older. The average age was 32 years. For every 100 females were statistically 91.4 men in the over 18 -year-olds 85.9.
The average income per household was $ 50,162, the average family income is $ 58,306. Men's income averaged $ 36,030, and for women about $ 28,205. The per capita income amounted to $ 20,336. Around 4.0% of families and 5.5 % of the total population were below the poverty line income.