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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    B-
  6. Jobs
    B+
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    C+
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    A+
Centre County is located in Pennsylvania with a population of 161,443. Centre County is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. In Centre County, most residents own their homes. In Centre County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Centre County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Centre County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$220,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$966
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Centre County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    10.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    71.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    857.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    11.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    24%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Centre County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,055
National
$55,322

Centre County Reviews

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Centre County is an amazing town! It is a safe area with many work, dining, and social opportunities.
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It is a big county, and most of the population is located on the far southeastern side where Penn State is. Once you get out of the immediate State College area it is just wilderness, which is actually quite pretty. The rural roads are sometimes very tricky to navigate and are often narrow with heavy traffic (where it comes from, I have no idea). Sometimes you will have no radio or cell phone signal outside of State College or Bellefonte. If you like farms, rolling hills and trees, Centre County is for you! If you are a big city person...you may not have a good time.
Centre County is very nice if you're looking for a rural community. The people who live in Centre County year round are a very close knit community, and the people tend to be very friendly. The largest town is State College, so there aren't very many places to shop compared to more urban areas. With most of one's shopping needing to be done in State College, it is a long drive for people on the outer edges of Centre County to get to stores.