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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
$275,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$968
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    77%
  • Own
    23%

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
    36
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    17
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    60
    500
  • Theft
    769
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    15
    284

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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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.
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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!
It has a friendly community and is pretty safe. There is a good college (Penn State University) in this city and also a small downtown area that has a library, many shops, and all kinds of restaurants. My friends and I often enjoy going there to hang out and study. There is a SCASD school district in the area and it includes elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school. They are all pretty good and offer children places to grow. Besides the main district, there are smaller programs for students who want smaller schools; this includes the Delta program, OLV, and many others.