According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Altoona has an overall cost of living index of 93 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Iowa, Altoona has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than Iowa's index of 92.
The standard of living in Altoona ranks as #2,137 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Iowa. By definition, that implies Altoona ranks as the #4,282 most expensive place in the Hawkeye State.
|Living Expense||Altoona||Iowa||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in Iowa, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Altoona|
|Des Moines, IA||215,408||88||0.9x|
|West Des Moines, IA||66,724||99||1.1x|
|Pleasant Hill, IA||9,959||94||1.0x|