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Overview of Altoona

The city of Altoona is located in central Iowa, approximately 10 miles east of Des Moines and 131 miles east of Omaha, Neb. The city is situated in Polk County and is considered part of the Des Moines metropolitan area. Altoona apartments for rent can easily be found across its 9.35 square miles of land and are excellent options to join more than 14,700 residents.

The city is lined by major roads, including Route 65 and Interstates 80 and 235. The Ankeny Regional, Morningstar Field, and Des Moines International airports are all easily accessible and provide numerous opportunities for air travel.

Living in Altoona, IA

The name Altoona is taken from the Latin word "altus" meaning "high," because the city was positioned on a high point on the Des Moines Valley Railroad. The city was officially named by Julian B. Bausman and was incorporated on March 11, 1876.

According to the city website, Altoona residents enjoy one of the lowest city tax rates in the metropolitan area. The city offers residents large city amenities but with all the perks of a small-town, including quality of living and convenience. Altoona's position at the crossroads of two of America's busiest interstates puts residents in a prime spot to enjoy a large variety of business opportunities and recreational attraction. There are many locally-owned businesses that make up the city's profile, and the city claims to have "contagious community pride."

Altoona Attractions and Special Events

Residents of Altoona rentals have many area attractions to enjoy. The city is known for its beautiful recreational bike trails, an aquatic park, and an abundance of shopping destinations. Big-box shopping stores include Lowe's, Menards, Target, and Wal-Mart, and other popular area attractions include Prairie Meadows Casino and Adventureland Park.

For a taste of culture and history, residents and visitors would be wise to pay a visit to the International Wrestling Institute and Museum, the nearby Des Moines Art Center, and the Living History Farms, which features a replica of an Indian village. Popular parks for residents to enjoy prime outdoor recreation include the Prairie Heritage, Sleepy Hollow Sports, and Lions parks.

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Avondale Trace - Ankeny, IA 50021
48

Ankeny, IA 50021

$995 - $1145

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Ankeny, IA (Avondale)


$995 - $1145

64 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Drake Park Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50311
26

Des Moines, IA 50311

$515 - $1380

1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Drake, Northwest Des Moines)


$515 - $1380

142 Units 1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Arbor Park Cottages - Slater, IA 50244
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Slater, IA 50244

$525 - $690

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Broadway Heights Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50317
40

Des Moines, IA 50317

$650 - $1100

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (East Des Moines, Northeast Des Moines)


$650 - $1100

156 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Woodland West Condominium Rentals - West Des Moines, IA 50266
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West Des Moines, IA 50266

$479 - $1025

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Des Moines, IA (Country Club Estates, West Des Moines)


$479 - $1025

75 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Gateway Lofts - Des Moines, IA 50309
20

Des Moines, IA 50309

$1100 - $1800

0-1 Bed 1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Downtown, Downtown Des Moines...)


$1100 - $1800

0-1 Bed 1-2 Baths

Willow Park Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50315
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Des Moines, IA 50315

$619 - $729

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (East Des Moines, Fort Des Moines...)

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$619 - $729

300 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Eastview Circle - Des Moines, IA 50317
10

Des Moines, IA 50317

$675 - $890

2 Beds 1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (Douglas Acres, East Des Moines...)


$675 - $890

85 Units 2 Beds 1 Bath

Cambridge Court - West Des Moines, IA 50265
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West Des Moines, IA 50265

$730 - $1160

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Des Moines, IA (Golf & Country Club, West Des Moines)

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$730 - $1160

192 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

E300 - Des Moines, IA 50309
16

Des Moines, IA 50309

$750 - $1245

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (City Center, East Des Moines...)


$750 - $1245

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Riverview Oaks - Des Moines, IA 50316
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Des Moines, IA 50316

$500 - $775

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (Capitol Park, East Des Moines...)


$500 - $775

78 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

AP Transfer Lofts - Des Moines, IA 50309
8

Des Moines, IA 50309

$750 - $1600

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Downtown, Downtown Des Moines...)


$750 - $1600

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Grand Terrace Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50312
30

Des Moines, IA 50312

$500 - $670

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (Northwest Des Moines, Southwest Des Moines)


$500 - $670

32 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Golf View - Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
21

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

$730 - $1050

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Pleasant Hill, IA (Copper Creek, East Des Moines...)


$730 - $1050

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Canterbury Park - Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
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Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

$645 - $915

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Pleasant Hill, IA (East Des Moines, Northeast Des Moines...)


$645 - $915

246 Units 1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Hilltop Apartments Senior Living - Des Moines, IA 50313
26

Des Moines, IA 50313

$590 - $729

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Castalia Plaza, Douglas Acres...)


$590 - $729

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Hilltop Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50313
30

Des Moines, IA 50313

$590 - $1050

1-4 Beds 0 Baths

Des Moines, IA (Castalia Plaza, Douglas Acres...)


$590 - $1050

1-4 Beds 0 Baths

Parkside East Apartments - Des Moines, IA 50317
9

Des Moines, IA 50317

$605 - $935

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Des Moines, IA (Douglas Acres, East Des Moines...)


$605 - $935

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Crosswinds - Des Moines, IA 50313
16

Des Moines, IA 50313

$610 - $950

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Des Moines, IA (East Des Moines, Highland Park...)


$610 - $950

120 Units 1-3 Beds 0 Baths

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