A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$199,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,033
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,184
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

    Houserville Reviews

    11 reviews
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    College town. No good paying jobs. You have to know someone to get into the university, which is the only good job in town. I grew up in state college it was a great place until they took out all industrial work. Lived in other areas as an adult, there are better places.
    Review Houserville
    There are plenty of large-ish stores. For general retail shopping, there are two Walmarts, a Target, and a number of smaller stores. Grocery stores are plentiful too--multiple Weis Markets and Giants. And there is also a Wegmans, which is in my opinion the best grocery store in town; good prices, wide selection, and the cafe is a popular meeting place. Options downtown include mainly McLanahan's and a couple international food markets, but there is a Walmart located just a short bus ride away. If you are located within State College, there's no problem getting anything you need at a store.
    Penn State University is the biggest employer in Centre County and offers great benefits to its employees. There are also many jobs in research, technology, business, etc. available in Innovation Park or at companies like Raytheon. Part-time work is plentiful, but much easier to find in summer before the students arrive.