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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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State College is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 42,074. State College is in Centre County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in State College offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In State College there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in State College and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in State College are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$275,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$968
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    77%
  • Own
    23%
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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
    48
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    12
    41
  • Robbery
    15
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    77
    500
  • Theft
    973
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,618
National
$55,322
Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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State College is friendly and it's generally a good area without too much crime. It has a little bit of everything - restaurants, shopping, and movie theaters. But if you drive just ten minutes, you can find yourself surrounded by stunning, peaceful farmland with tons of animals. It's a beautiful place!
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While being a college town, go 10 minutes in any direction and you'll be greeted with beautiful, scenic trails, hidden water holes, and breath-taking scenery. During the fall, there is college football games where the city becomes flooded with camaraderie and electric energy. And as the snow begins to melt, and spring becomes to show, the landscape becomes enriched with bright colors of green and flowers that have begun to bloom. Overall, State College is a beautiful town with a diverse population and culture, there is always something to do so it'll be hard to find yourself bored while either attending here as a student or someone just coming to visit this hidden gem.
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!