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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$277,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$967
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    79%
  • Own
    21%

State College Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    28
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    9
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    133
    525
  • Theft
    963
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    12
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,450
National
$53,889
Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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The two favorites of State College are the running paths and the atmosphere of downtown. The running paths around State College can take you for miles and miles of runs or biking. For the most part, the paths are nicely paved making it smooth for whichever mode of transportation you choose. A couple paths in the parks and outside the town are gravel but still offer a smooth run but not a place for road bikes. Then the atmosphere downtown is another highlight. Most people complain of the crowded sidewalks due to college students commuting to and from campus over I think it adds a nice vibe to a town that would otherwise be stall. The hustle and bustle of people offers a great people watching scene as well as creates a nice environment to meet people from all over the country and even different parts of the world! My least favorite aspect of the town is the roads. Pot holes that will ruin vehicles litter the streets across the town. Despite this, constructions are quite to repair them!
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State College, home of Pennsylvania State University, is a wonderful town to live in! I would highly recommend this town to anyone looking for a fun, clean, happy place to live. There is definitely a good reason behind calling it Happy Valley! State College has so much to do for people of all ages! For children, there are a lot of parks, discovery spaces, daycares, etc. Young adults/adults have a wide variety of places to go to get that nightlife experience. Being around a popular college can be tough when it comes to finding a place to live. The cost of living tends to be higher in the area because of all of the college students. However, once you find that perfect place, you will be happy you did! Getting to experience that Penn State experience is worth it!
State College has a humid continental climate. Temperatures average 27.2 °F in January and 72.1 °F in July.
In 2013, State College was ranked as the third-safest metropolitan area in the United States. In 2016, State College was ranked the 8th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews.
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, usually referred to as "Arts Fest", is held downtown every July. The five-day festival features artists from around the country.
Blue-White Football Weekend occurs in April and includes a carnival, fireworks, food vendors, the student entertainment stage, live music, and a parade.
Some of the other popular annual events in the area include "First Night State College", a New Year's Eve celebration with carved ice sculptures and musical performances that takes place in downtown State College and "Central PA 4th Fest", a day-long event which includes Fourth of July fireworks, crafts, food vendors and entertainment.