Altoona has the 3017th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 9.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Altoona is part of the Eau Claire metro area. Unemployment in the Eau Claire area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Eau Claire has the 227th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Altoona is below average at $41,330, and the median cost of a home in Altoona is $146,500, which is below the national average. 30% of workers in Altoona hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Altoona. 80% of Altoona workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Altoona spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.