Life in State College
The State College area affords its residents small town leisure packed with big city culture.
The fabric of our community consists of rural comforts like scenic nature, safe neighborhoods and a relaxed environment. With The Pennsylvania State University's main campus here, you can also enjoy Big Ten football and basketball, as well as national touring musical and theatre groups at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Combine all of that with excellent public schools, historic architecture and a lively community of artists and you have one terrific place to live and raise a family!
Year after year, the State College area ranks high in quality of life:
- Psychology Today ranked State College as the lowest stress city in the U.S.
- Places Rated Almanac rated State College the seventh safest city in North America.
- Money magazine ranked State College the fifth best place to live among northeast small cities.
- Employment rates are higher than average, as is employment security.
- The weather is seasonably pleasant and the risk of natural disasters is low.
Centre County Statistics
A variety of people call Centre County home, including medical experts and business executives, grade school teachers and university professors, bankers and lawyers, as well as artists, musicians, farmers, entrepreneurs and students.
- Population: 153,990*
- Average household income: $47,966**
- Median home value: $167,200*
- Homeownership rate: 60.6 percent***
- Average student/teacher ratio: 17:1
- Reading and math: Top scores
- School districts: Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College
* According to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau statistics
** According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau statistics
*** According to 2005-2009 U.S. Census Bureau statistics
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