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Altoona by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 10 miles, about 15 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 20 miles, about 25 minutes
Iowa City: 100 miles, about 1.5 hours


Population: 17,936
Zip code: 50009
County: Polk
Median home value: $189,000

Spotlights of Altoona

Prairie Meadows Casino

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel is the perfect place to spend a weekend staycation. Table games, slot machines, four restaurants, and live horse racing can all be found here.

Adventureland Resort

With over 100 rides and a variety of shows and attractions, Adventureland Resort is fun for all ages and interests. Some highlights include a wave pool, lazy river, tube slides, and barside cabanas.

Outlets of Des Moines

The Outlets of Des Moines are actually located in Altoona! Here, you can find premier retailers, like Nike, Levi’s, Express, Michael Kors, and more… all in a unique open-air shopping environment.

Altoona Attractions

What You'll LOVE in Altoona

Altoona might be located just a few short miles from the fun of Des Moines, but it’s absolutely filled with its own set of perks you’re sure to love. Here are some of our favorite things about living in Altoona.

Outstanding parks and recreation

Love to get outside and explore? You’ll find plenty of opportunities throughout Altoona. The city is home to a number of beautiful parks, sports complexes, bike trails, greenways, and more.

In Altoona’s many parks, you’ll find sports courts and fields, open spaces and picnic areas, scenic trails, fishing areas, playgrounds, and more. Hop on the Gay Lea Wilson Trail and you’ll be connected to more than 600 miles of paved trails throughout Central Iowa!

Plentiful shopping & dining

Altoona might be just a short drive from the amenities of the Des Moines Area, but it’s got plenty of its own amenities, conveniences, and fun finds. Whether you’re looking for big-box retailers, local boutiques, or delicious eateries, you’ll find plenty to love throughout Altoona.

Looking for something local? Head over to 36th Avenue to explore the Copper Peacock Boutique, or check out Jethro’s n’ Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks near Adventureland. Altoona is also home to larger businesses like Lowe’s, Menards, Target, and Wal-Mart.

Top-notch public schools

Public school students in Altoona are served by Southeast Polk Community School District, which educates over 7,000 students in the area. It’s ranked among the best districts in the Des Moines area. Altoona is home to several of the district’s schools, including Altoona Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Clay Elementary, and Willowbrook Elementary. Students attend Southeast Polk High School in nearby Pleasant Hill, IA.

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