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Altoona
Location of Altoona in Blount County and Etowah County, Alabama.
Location of Altoona in Blount County and Etowah County, Alabama.
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Coordinates: 34°1′45″N 86°19′14″W / 34.02917°N 86.32056°W / 34.02917; -86.32056
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Etowah, Blount
Area
 • Total 4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Land 4.48 sq mi (11.60 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
955 ft (291 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 948
 • Density 211.61/sq mi (81.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35952
Area codes 205, 659
FIPS code 01-01660
GNIS feature ID 0113054

Altoona is a town in Etowah County (and a small portion of Blount County) in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is part of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2020 census, the population was 948.

History

Altoona had its start in the year 1900 as a mining town, and was named for another coal town, Altoona, Pennsylvania. A post office has been in operation at Altoona since 1900. It incorporated in 1908.

Geography

Altoona is located in western Etowah County at 34°1′45″N 86°19′14″W / 34.02917°N 86.32056°W / 34.02917; -86.32056 (34.029259, -86.320687). The town extends west into Blount County. It is located in the Murphree Valley at the base of Altoona Mountain. Straight Mountain is a small, narrow ridge which runs nearly through the center of the town. Alabama State Route 132 (Main Street) leads southwest 10 miles (16 km) to Oneonta, the Blount County seat, and northeast towards Gadsden via U.S. Route 278.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.2 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.23%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,071
1920 1,078 0.7%
1930 1,098 1.9%
1940 995 −9.4%
1950 860 −13.6%
1960 744 −13.5%
1970 781 5.0%
1980 928 18.8%
1990 960 3.4%
2000 984 2.5%
2010 933 −5.2%
2020 948 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

Altoona first appeared on the 1910 U.S. Census as an incorporated town. See also Altoona precinct/division below.

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