Living in Altoona

While maintaining the small-town feel we love, Altoona provides residents with big-city amenities. Through smart planning and strong leadership, we’ve built a foundation for growth.

Yet Altoona is more than a hotbed for business and entertainment. It’s a place to live, a place for families to thrive. Residents enjoy a high quality-of-life through many benefits, including:

Education that Inspires
Our students are preparing for what’s next. The outstanding Southeast Polk School District has students working with the best technology under the best instruction. Education is paramount in Altoona, where our terrific library provides a children’s area, computer room, reading zone and many other learning opportunities.

Facilities that Motivate
Our residents are on the move, with indoor and outdoor facilities encouraging their active lifestyle. An aquatic center, 20 miles of bike trails and 200 acres of recreational space are just the beginning of our well-kept amenities. Families enjoy playing in our state-of-the-art facilities, where youth sports programs provide fun ways to stay fit.

Attractions that Delight
Altoona draws people from around the country to our entertainment attractions, including Adventureland, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and Bass Pro. We’re also close to exciting destinations with world-class fun, such as the Iowa Speedway and State Fair Grounds. And with a 10-minute drive to the outstanding dining and nightlife of downtown Des Moines, Altoona is both an unbeatable destination and a comfortable home.

Housing that Feels like Home
We have housing to fit your lifestyle. With affordable rentals, single-family homes and space for executive housing, you’ll feel right at home. Put down roots and discover all that life in Altoona has to offer.