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  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+
State College is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 42,224. 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
$284,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$986
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    76%
  • Own
    24%
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State College Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    48.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    12
    40.7
  • Robbery
    15.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    77.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    973
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    8.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    3%
  • 10-17 years
    2%
  • 18-24 years
    64%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    4%
  • 55-64 years
    4%
  • 65+ years
    6%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in State College

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,735
National
$55,322
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The spirit and the pride of the town is unlike any other place! The people love the history of the college, The Pennsylvania State University, because it is the reason why the town has grown. When the students are in session, the town has a different atmosphere because there are always people downtown and many more activities. Overall, the town is amazing and great for families because of the wonderful school system and all the family-friendly activities year-round.
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State College is an awesome town! A lot of diversity with an overall friendly vibe throughout. There's essentially something for everyone, with a lot of shops and markets downtown, great libraries, nice parks, a beautiful campus, and pretty good nightlife.
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!