State College

89 reviews
  1. Town in Pennsylvania
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$278,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$947
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    79%
  • Own
    21%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    28
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    9
    37
  • Robbery
    9
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    110
    1
  • Theft
    997
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    11
    257

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$26,627
National
$53,046
Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    14%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

89 reviews
  • Excellent
    14
  • Very Good
    47
  • Average
    25
  • Poor
    3
  • Terrible
    0
State College, home of Pennsylvania State University, is a wonderful town to live in! I would highly recommend this town to anyone looking for a fun, clean, happy place to live. There is definitely a good reason behind calling it Happy Valley! State College has so much to do for people of all ages! For children, there are a lot of parks, discovery spaces, daycares, etc. Young adults/adults have a wide variety of places to go to get that nightlife experience. Being around a popular college can be tough when it comes to finding a place to live. The cost of living tends to be higher in the area because of all of the college students. However, once you find that perfect place, you will be happy you did! Getting to experience that Penn State experience is worth it!
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
Maybe it is because I am a college student...but everything here is so expensive! Even the basic groceries are expensive. Otherwise, not a bad town. One concern with the town is that it is centered too much on the University. It needs to be able to survive on more than just the University, after all; how many bookstores, Penn State shirt stores and Chinese restaurants can this town have before it begins to effect the local economy for lack of anything else.
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
State College is a safe, family-friendly town. The population doubles during the Penn State fall and spring semesters, but much of the student activities and entertainment are localized to the campus and neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the University. Diversity can be misleading. The local population is predominantly white, with very low minority representation. Scholastic and Athletic opportunities for Sate College students are among the best in Pennsylvania. This is a town where you can still leave doors unlocked. People are friendly and will help a neighbor in need. Coming from New Jersey (Philadelphia area), the adjustment to a quiet and community-driven environment was a welcomed change. I like it here.
  • Current Resident
  • 1 month ago