The Altoona community is the northeastern suburb of the Des Moines metro area, located directly off the Interstate 80 and the Highway 65 bypass. It is only a 15-minute drive to downtown Des Moines and easy access to the rest of the metro area. Altoona offers a beautiful blend of residential, retail and recreational areas. It is well known as the entertainment hub of Des Moines with some of the area’s most popular activities, like Prairie Meadows Casino and Adventureland theme park.

Sports and Recreation

Parks are found throughout the city and features a blend for all age groups, including dog, skate, aquatics, sport fields , and youth complexes. 


The  Altoona Library is a place to connect with the community in person and are linked to all the area libraries too. With a full schedule of programs, participants not only read put are involved with music and other enrichment activities.   

Business and Economic Development

Altoona offers a wide variety of benefits for both large and small businesses. The Chamber of Commerce  includes hundreds of local businesses and organizations, who provide a variety of services, jobs for the community. The city is a development friendly community for residents and growing businesses.


Altoona is a part of the Southeast Polk Community School District.The district serves more than 6,800 students from preschool through grade 12.  Covering 114 square miles and serves the communities of Pleasant Hill, Altoona, Mitchellville, Runnells, Des Moines and surrounding areas. 

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