Altoona is a small city in Pennsylvania with just over 44,000 residents. The city's residents, at an average age of just over 39, skew younger than most cities in Pennsylvania. The majority of Altoona residents own their homes, and 38% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the city boasts a relatively low average rent of $643 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Altoona will save around $3,300 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 19 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Altoona residents find that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 39% of residents, while public transportation isn't used widely. Relatively few workers (2%) commute on foot, though the number is higher than the national average.
Many Altoona residents work in one of two industries: retail and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 16% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 8% of the city's population works in sales, making it the top field in the city. With an average annual income of just under $49K, Altoona workers earn less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. Altoona has a high percentage of residents older than 25 with a high school degree or equivalent (32%) compared to the national average. Further, 12% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
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