State College, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Small City
  • Population
    42,066
  • Population Density
    9,199 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    5 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    74 3.7
State College is a small city in Pennsylvania with 42,066 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 74 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at State College: Its overall very safe, but I wish there were more street lights in t he area. I'm a 20 year old woman and I feel safe walking home alone at night for the most part I've only ever had one issue but it wasn't too bad.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at State College: I live super close to campus, close enough to walk, and its still quiet. Sometimes we get the loud college students wandering by but overall its easy to forget we're so close to a university.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at State College: More and more sexual assaults. University doesn't always notify when there is a perpetrator around downtown, but always when on campus.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at State College: Huge party culture here. I would choose to live here again.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at State College: It's a great environment for a college or gradute student.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 College Township 9,706
4.33 Ferguson Township 17,962

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 16801 43,447
4.33 16803 24,503
4.33 16802 12,156

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 State College Area School District 11

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
4.33 Houserville/Lemont Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Radio Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Mount Nittany Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Easterly Parkway Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
Wonderland Charter School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
3.33 Centre Learning Community Charter School Public, Charter 5-8 Middle
2.66 Nittany Valley Charter School Public, Charter 1-8 Elementary, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.66 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
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
Northwestern Human Services Autism School Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Penn State
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 80.18% 63.25% 78.54%
Asian 9.96% 4.83% 2.94%
Hispanic 4.17% 16.62% 6.15%
African American 3.80% 12.23% 10.51%
Multiracial 1.45% 2.05% 1.58%
Other 0.29% 0.19% 0.15%
Native American 0.16% 0.66% 0.12%
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 68% 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 3% 14% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 13% 28% 37%
Some college or associate degree 17% 29% 24%
Bachelor's degree 28% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 40% 11% 11%

Gender

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Female 46.7% 50.8% 51.2%
Male 53.3% 49.2% 48.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Own 21.0% 64.9% 69.5%
Rent 79.0% 35.1% 30.5%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Assault 28.3 278.9 204.5
Murder 0 5.0 5.8
Rape 8.8 13.6 29.3
Robbery 8.8 159.8 138.5

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

State College, PA United States Pennsylvania
Burglary 109.6 573.5 373.2
Larceny 997.3 2079.6 1654.6
Motor vehicle theft 10.6 235.5 121.8

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
34°
20°
38°
22°
46°
28°
60°
39°
70°
49°
78°
59°
82°
63°
80°
61°
72°
53°
61°
42°
50°
34°
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Precipitation
2.7"
2.5"
3.4"
3.2"
3.5"
4.1"
3.5"
3.8"
3.6"
3.0"
3.3"
2.9"
Snowfall
12.5"
11"
10.3"
1.4"
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0.3"
2.3"
7.8"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 34°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.7"
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    Snowfall

  • 12.5"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 34°
    20°
  • 38°
    22°
  • 46°
    28°
  • 60°
    39°
  • 70°
    49°
  • 78°
    59°
  • 82°
    63°
  • 80°
    61°
  • 72°
    53°
  • 61°
    42°
  • 50°
    34°
  • 38°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.7"
  • 2.5"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.2"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.1"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.6"
  • 3.0"
  • 3.3"
  • 2.9"

    Snowfall

  • 12.5"
  • 11"
  • 10.3"
  • 1.4"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.3"
  • 2.3"
  • 7.8"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 10 responses

  • 90% Yes
  • 10% Not sure
  • 0% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 12 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 12 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 7 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 14% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 43% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 43% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 0% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 11 responses

  • 27% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 73% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 0% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 9 responses

  • 44% I love everything about it.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 10 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments