Altoona, PA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
122,640
0.4% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Fetterman
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42.9
1.15% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.2%
2.17% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,386
9.23% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$149,300
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
57,506
1.67% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Altoona, PA had a population of 123k people with a median age of 42.9 and a median household income of $59,386. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Altoona, PA declined from 123,132 to 122,640, a −0.4% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,368 to $59,386, a 9.23% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Altoona, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.79%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.79%), White (Hispanic) (0.74%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.561%).

None of the households in Altoona, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Altoona, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Altoona, PA are Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) (335 degrees awarded in 2022), Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (141 degrees), and Altoona Beauty School Inc (210748) (102 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Altoona, PA was $149,300, and the homeownership rate was 72.5%.

Most people in Altoona, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Altoona, PA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Altoona, PA is home to a population of 123k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.22% of Altoona, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.5k people).

In 2022, there were 33.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (114k people) in Altoona, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.4% of Altoona, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Altoona, PA was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Altoona, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    114k ± 529
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.42k ± 613
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.2k ± 268
1.4%
Hispanic Population
1.72k people

In 2022, there were 33.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (114k people) in Altoona, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.4% of the people in Altoona, PA are hispanic (1.72k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Altoona, PA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    99,082 ± 7,698 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,229 ± 7,349 people
  3. China
    69,880 ± 6,473 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 99,082 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,229 and China with 69,880.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.22%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.5k people
1.32%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.63k people

As of 2022, 1.22% of Altoona, PA residents (1.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Altoona, PA was 1.32%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,346 ± 294
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,391 ± 309
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    874 ± 197

Altoona, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Altoona, PA employs 57.5k people. The largest industries in Altoona, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,756 people), Retail Trade (8,158 people), and Manufacturing (5,935 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,484), Utilities ($65,804), and Public Administration ($60,295).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,610. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

57.5k
2022 Value
± 1,623
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 3.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Altoona, PA grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 56.6k employees to 57.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Altoona, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,536 people), Management Occupations (5,098 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,006 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Altoona, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

57.5k
2022 Value
± 1,623
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 3.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Altoona, PA grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 56.6k employees to 57.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Altoona, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,756 people), Retail Trade (8,158 people), and Manufacturing (5,935 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Altoona, PA, though some of these residents may live in Altoona, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,242
Median earning men ± $1,162
$33,784
Median earning women ± $920

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,964), Public Administration ($67,788), and Information ($57,118).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($46,343), Wholesale Trade ($45,645), and Construction ($42,057).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 2.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 18.1%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,559
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 715
    Other Services, Except Public Administration
  3. 699
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennsylvania went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%).

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
John Fetterman
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Altoona, PA awarded 645 degrees. The student population of Altoona, PA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,418 male students and 1,511 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Altoona, PA are White (574 and 89.5%), followed by Black or African American (28 and 4.37%), Hispanic or Latino (13 and 2.03%), and Two or More Races (12 and 1.87%).

The largest universities in Altoona, PA by number of degrees awarded are Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) (335 and 51.9%), Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (141 and 21.9%), and Altoona Beauty School Inc (210748) (102 and 15.8%).

The most popular majors in Altoona, PA are Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing (73 and 11.3%), General Cosmetology (60 and 9.3%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (45 and 6.98%).

The median tuition cost in Altoona, PA for a public four year colleges is $15,388 for in-state students and $25,854 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Altoona, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 95.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 12.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,929 (48.4% men and 51.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,929 students enrolled in Altoona, PA, 48.4% men and 51.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,148 records, of which 52.1% were women and 47.9% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Altoona, PA was Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing with 73 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Altoona, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 335 degrees awarded
  2. 141 degrees awarded
  3. 102 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) with 335 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 210 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Altoona, PA, which is 0.483 times less than the 435 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 574 degrees mean that there were 20.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 28 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($15,388) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($516) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,840) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.733% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.743% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.98M), and Some college (1.83M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Altoona, PA was $149,300 in 2022, which is 0.53 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $133,800 to $149,300, a 11.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Altoona, PA is 72.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Altoona, PA have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Altoona, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Altoona, PA is $59,386. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Altoona, PA was Chester County, PA with a value of $118,574, followed by Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA, with respective values of $107,826 and $107,441.

Property

$149,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,922
$36,671
Median Property Taxes
±$1,228

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Altoona, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.5%
Homeownership
2022
62.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.5% of the housing units in Altoona, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Altoona, PA was Chester County, PA with a value of $118,574, followed by Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA, with respective values of $107,826 and $107,441.

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Household Income

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$59,386
Median Household Income
± $2,058
50.6k
Number of Households
± 1,497

In 2022, the median household income of the 50.6k households in Altoona, PA grew to $59,386 from the previous year's value of $54,368.

The following chart displays the households in Altoona, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Altoona, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2022, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.123% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82%)
  2. Carpooled (7.95%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.48%)

In 2022, 82% of workers in Altoona, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.95%) and those who worked at home (5.48%).

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Altoona, PA have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.76% of the workforce in Altoona, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Altoona, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Altoona, PA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Altoona, PA (15.7k out of 119k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Altoona, PA is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.6% of the population of Altoona, PA has health coverage, with 45.9% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see 1222 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1235 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1406 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 421 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,222 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pennsylvania

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,222 patients per year. This represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1,235 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennsylvania in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.3% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 20% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.45%
Uninsured
45.9%
Employer Coverage
19.2%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
13.4%
Non-Group
1.51%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Altoona, PA grew by 3.6% from 5.26% to 5.45%.

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