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A+ State College Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F State College Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than Pennsylvania
State College
11212% more expensive than the US average
Pennsylvania
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
State College cost of living
A+ State College Crime Total crime is 56% lower than Pennsylvania
Total crime
79669% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 12669% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
State College crime
D- State College Employment Household income is 42% lower than Pennsylvania
Median household income
$31,61843% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,47241% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%26% lower than the US average
State College employment
F State College Housing Home value is 64% higher than Pennsylvania
Median home value
$275,70049% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9682% higher than the US average
Home ownership
23%65% lower than the US average
State College real estate or State College rentals
A State College Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Pennsylvania
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
64%29% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:115% lower than the US average
State College K-12 schools or State College colleges

Living in State College, PA

State College, Pennsylvania is a mid-sized city with a population of 42,074 people. In State College, there are 9,234 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, State College is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. State College could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 22 years old is below the nation’s average. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 81% of the population considered married and 66% with kids under the age of 18, State College could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in State College is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before relocating to any new city in Pennsylvania, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in State College and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Pennsylvania and national averages.

With a livability score of 74 out of 100, State College is ranked #6,551 in the United States and #566 in Pennsylvania. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that State College has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+) and education (A). There are some categories that State College ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., State College has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in State College: Penn State University, Otto's Pub & Brewery, and Palmer Museum of Art.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. State College gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 76 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in State College. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in State College are affordable. Median real estate prices in State College come in at $275,700, which is 64.4% higher than the Pennsylvania average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In State College, the home price to income ratio is 8.7, which is 180.6% higher than the Pennsylvania average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in State College will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In State College, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.7%.

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Attractions8/10
Community9/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping10/10
I have lived in State College PA for my entire life. I love the small-town feel of the city, and also the proximity to plenty of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. I like driving down the highway and seeing the rows of wildflowers. This picturesque area has so much charm and appeal. There are only about 42,000 people who live here, but to me it seems like the perfect size. You can get down the main drag of town, and there is no congestion. The Pennsylvania State University is here, and that brings in some new blood into the city.

Sports enthusiasts will love the Penn State Nittany Lions football team. There is a real sense of team spirit around these parts and come game day, you want to avoid the stadium area. Beaver Stadium is the second largest in the Western Hemisphere. Game day has a crowd. Those who love the arts will enjoy a performance from the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. They have won many awards and listening to them is the perfect way to spend the day.

I love that there are so many farmers nearby. We often visit the Downtown Farmers' Market and get our produce for a fraction of the retail price. Hometown pride is big here, so buying local means allot to us. When I want to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, I heard over to Mount Nittany. The hiking trails are beautiful here, especially during the falls month's when the leaves have changed.

Most people do their grocery shopping at Wegmans Food Markets or the local Walmart. For hospitals, we have one of the best. Mount Nittany Medical Center is a state of the art facility that caters to their patients. For clothes and housewares, there are several types of shopping malls available. The Creekside Plaza, North Atherton Place and Colonnade at State College are just a few. It's a great place to work, live and play, and I am so proud to call this area home.
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Source: The State College, PA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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