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Details
  • Setting
    Small City
  • Population
    41,948
  • Population Density
    9,199 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    5 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    65 3.7
State College is a small city in Pennsylvania with 41,948 residents. It has very high home values, average rent costs, and low unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have very high education levels and very low income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 65 reviews
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    • 5
    Overall Experience at State College: My experience in this atmosphere has been great. Penn State is a very happy and safe place. I have not been to many other places in the country but living outside of Philadelphia allows me to feel a much high appreciation for the safety in the area of State College. The people are kind and it is a nice diversity among race, ethnicity, age, and gender with clubs, classes, even restaurants that can accompany all of these diversities. I would like to keep State College as my college memory town. I would like to take my education from Penn State with me to further states or countries in the future.
    • 3
    Transportation at State College: Almost every parking location in State College requires meter, which fill up quickly, complex parking permits which are costly and also fill up quickly, student lots which are not very close to the actual campus and also fill up quickly, and also almost no parking at all on campus for students who drive from off campus housing.
    • 2
    Weather at State College: It is a very very cold and snowy area in State College. The school is known for never canceling a day of classes due to our 'heated sidewalks' but the bitterly cold walks are worth the education in the mid of winter. Something unique about my experience at Penn State is that the first day of classes to be cancelled in over 15 years occurred this year on my 20th birthday.
    • 4
    Food & Drink at State College: There are many great restaurants to chose from in the town. College Ave has a great strip of bars and restaurants. With all of the fraternity houses here, kids stay out of the bars and illegal underage drinking in the public so those of age can enjoy the setting.
    • 4
    Employment at State College: Being that Penn State is such a big school with many opportunities and fields, there are always chances to become employed weather is be down town at a bar or restaurant or on campus as an internship or something else.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 College Township 9,532
4.33 Ferguson Township 17,742

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 16801 42,463
4.00 16803 24,251
16802 12,776

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Park Forest Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Corl Street Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Mount Nittany Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 State College Area High School Public 8-12 Middle, High
4.00 Houserville/Lemont Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Radio Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Park Forest Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Gray's Woods Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Ferguson Township Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Boalsburg/Panorama Village Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Easterly Parkway Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School Public, Charter K-6 Elementary, Middle
Wonderland Charter School Public, Charter K-2 Elementary
Centre Learning Community Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
Nittany Valley Charter School Public, Charter 1-8 Elementary, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.33 Grace Prep High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Centre County Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Our Lady of Victory Elementary School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School Private, Religious PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten Private, Religious PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
State College Friends School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Nittany Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Bennett Family Center Private PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Montessori School of the Nittany Valley Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Our Children's Center Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Children's House Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Red Satchel Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Park Forest Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Northwestern Human Services Autism School Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Penn State
3.33 Juniata College
Penn State World Campus
South Hills School of Business & Technology
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology
Mifflin-Juniata Career & Technology Center
Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing
DuBois Business College - Huntingdon
Empire Beauty School - State College
Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center

Around State College

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
White 80.11% 63.25% 79.00%
Asian 10.04% 4.83% 2.84%
Hispanic 3.99% 16.62% 5.92%
African American 3.53% 12.23% 10.47%
Multiracial 1.52% 2.05% 1.50%
Other 0.64% 0.19% 0.14%
Native American 0.18% 0.66% 0.11%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.16% 0.02%

Age

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
9 years and under 3% 13% 12%
10 to 17 years 2% 11% 10%
18 to 24 years 70% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 10% 13% 12%
35 to 44 years 4% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 4% 14% 15%
55 to 64 years 3% 12% 13%
65 and over 4% 13% 16%

Education Levels

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Less than a high school diploma 4% 14% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 13% 28% 37%
Some college or associate degree 17% 29% 24%
Bachelor's degree 27% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 39% 11% 11%

Gender

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Male 53.5% 49.2% 48.8%
Female 46.5% 50.8% 51.2%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Rent 79.3% 35.1% 30.2%
Own 20.7% 64.9% 69.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Assault 40.6 278.9 215.9
Murder 0 5.0 5.7
Rape 8.8 15.3
Robbery 23.0 159.8 154.5

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Burglary 178.4 573.5 419.4
Larceny 1052.8 2079.6 1744.4
Motor vehicle theft 17.7 235.5 131.1

Income