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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 42,256. 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
$299,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,014
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
    23.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    1.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    54.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    699.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    8.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    3%
  • 10-17 years
    3%
  • 18-24 years
    63%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    4%
  • 55-64 years
    5%
  • 65+ years
    6%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in State College

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,244
National
$55,322
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If you are looking for a town to help you discover yourself before you get into the busy corporate world, State College is one of the best places to go! The valleys and mountains do wonders to bring you peace and quiet while the college centered downtown streets bring you that bustling wave of excitement to remind you of the thrills of youth. Whether you are searching for an entry level job, mid level, or senior position, they offer a great deal of opportunities revolving around the notorious Penn State University as well as a wide selection outside of it. Its comfortable, its affordable, and if you want to stop in and figure out where your going in life for the short term or if you've lived life and are seeking a place to settle for the long term, State College is the place for you.
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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.
State College is a small town nestled in Centre county PA. The town is home to locals and Penn State students that come and go as they attend college. As a member of the community for 10 years, State College is surrounded by farms and has locals that look out for each other. This is why it creates such a wonderful, safe, place to live for all families. The university brings an array of different ethnicities to the town because everyone wants to work for a top university like Penn State. Downtown offers a little bit of something for everyone from cute local shops to restaurants. Most of the businesses are locally owned( with the exception of a few) and when you shop it feels good to know you are supporting the State College locals. State College will forever hold a special place in my heart. It truly is a lovely place to live and visit.