Altoona is located just 5 miles outside of Des Moines to the northeast. It provides many big city benefits while maintaining a small town feel. It is positioned half way between Des Moines and Ankeny, both of which are known for great entertainment, restaurants and outdoor recreation. Altoona itself is home to 6 parks, 18 miles of bike trails, an aquatic center, and a 68-acre Athletic Complex. Altoona is also home to Adventureland Park, a state-wide attraction, as well as Prairie Meadows Casino.
Altoona covers approximately 9 square miles with a population of just over 15,000 residents and boasts one of the lowest tax rates in the Des Moines area.
The average home cost in Altoona is $187,000. Altoona is known for having a great school district, the South East Polk schools.