Altoona, Pennsylvania

Altoona: A city in Blair County, Pennsylvania. It is located in the eastern part of the state. Altoona is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Altoona Historical Society and the Altoona Railroaders Museum.


Altoona is a city located in the county of Blair in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Its population at the 2010 census was 46,320 and a population density of 1,827 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 42,989 inhabitants.

The city was created 175 years ago in 1848.

Altoona locator map
Location of Altoona on Pennsylvania map.

Quick Facts about Altoona

Population : 42,989 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Pennsylvania (United States)
County : Blair County
Postal code : 16601–16603
Phone Area Codes : 814
Area : 25.36 km2
Altitude : 1,207 feet / 368 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1849 (175 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−05:00
Local time : 18:52:58 (14th July 2024)
Density : 1,695 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -7.75% (2010-2020)
Altoona Downtown from Brush Mountain image
Altoona Downtown from Brush Mountain
Altoona Downtown from Brush Mountain image


Altoona is located at 40°31'7"N 78°23'41"W (40.5186800, -78.3947400).

Altoona map


According to census records, the population of Altoona decreased by 7.75% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 46,320 - census
2011 45,793 -1.15% estimation process
2012 45,582 -0.46% estimation process
2013 45,260 -0.71% estimation process
2014 44,986 -0.61% estimation process
2015 44,680 -0.68% estimation process
2016 44,286 -0.89% estimation process
2017 43,969 -0.72% estimation process
2018 43,663 -0.7% estimation process
2019 43,364 -0.69% estimation process
2020 42,989 -0.87% estimation process

Altoona zip code is 16601. County name: Blair, County fips: 42013

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People born in Altoona (100)

People born in Altoona, including Katherine Kelso Cassatt, actress Janet Blair, biochemist, author, and intelligent design advocate Michael Behe, .


  • Charlie Crist (politician) he was born in 24/07/1956
  • Andrew Kevin Walker (American screenwriter) he was born in 14/08/1964
  • Karen Davis (American activist) she was born in 04/02/1944
  • Henry Kloss (American audio engineer) he was born in 21/02/1929
  • Johnny Moore (American basketball player) he was born in 03/03/1958
  • Jon Eardley (American musician) he was born in 30/09/1928
  • Brian Sell (athletics competitor) he was born in 11/04/1979
  • James Loy (Commander of the US Coast Guard and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security) he was born in 10/08/1942
  • Paul Winter (American saxophonist) he was born in 31/08/1939
  • H. Beam Piper (American science fiction writer) he was born in 23/03/1904
  • Harry Jacob Anslinger (1st Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (1892-1975)) he was born in 20/05/1892
  • William Bell Walton (American politician (1871-1939)) he was born in 23/01/1871
  • Doug West (American basketball player) he was born in 27/05/1967
  • John Pielmeier (American stage actor) he was born in 23/02/1949
  • Stan Jones (American football player and coach (1931-2010)) he was born in 24/11/1931
  • Arthur Blake (American actor (1914-1985)) he was born in 24/02/1914
  • Frank R. Strayer (actor, film writer, director and producer) he was born in 20/09/1891
  • Helen Eby-Rock (American actress) she was born in 18/07/1896

Schools in Altoona

College & universities near Altoona, PA

Code Name City ZIP
383367 Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center Altoona (PA) 16602-3616

Stations (14)

Amtrak & bus stations near Altoona, PA

Code Name Address Type
ALT Altoona Transportation Center 1231 11th Avenue RAIL
TYR Tyrone Pennsylvania Ave and West 10th St. RAIL
HGD Huntingdon Fourth and Allegheny Sts. RAIL
JST Johnstown 47 Walnut Street RAIL
LEW Lewistown 150 Helen Street RAIL

Post offices near Altoona

Post Office Name City ZIP
Altoona Post Office Altoona (PA) 16601

Other places with the same name (5)

  • Altoona , Iowa city in Polk County, Iowa, United States with a population of 19,503 people.
  • Altoona , Wisconsin city in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin with a population of 8,062 people.
  • Altoona , Alabama town in Etowah County, Alabama, USA with a population of 915 people.
  • Altoona , Kansas city in Wilson County, Kansas, United States with a population of 371 people.

Other cities in Blair County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Blair County , PA.

City Name Population Title
Frankstown 7,193 Township in Blair County, Pennsylvania
Hollidaysburg 5,632 Borough of Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States
Tyrone 5,095 Borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States
Westmont 4,625 Borough of Pennsylvania
Roaring Spring 2,399 Borough of Pennsylvania
Martinsburg 1,858 Borough of Pennsylvania
Bellwood 1,751 Borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States
Claysburg 1,625 Census designated place
Duncansville 1,148 Borough of Pennsylvania
Beavertown 958 Borough in western Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Newry 307 Borough of Pennsylvania

Distance to Other Cities

Altoona distances to largest Pennsylvania cities