State College, Pennsylvania

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State College, Pennsylvania

Introduction to State College, Pennsylvania

State College is a Pennsylvania borough located in Centre County. It is home to the Pennsylvania State University, more often referred to as Penn State, whose influence is greatly felt in State College's economics, demographics, and history. Originally a village, then a township, State College developed around the university (then known as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania) in the mid-1800s. Incorporated as a borough in 1896, the town never really had a name, although several (including "McAllister", "Nittany" and "Irvin", all honoring prominent citizens) were considered. The designation of "State College" finally stuck and remains today.

State College, affectionately referred to as "Happy Valley", is located 42 miles northeast of Altoona, 86 miles northeast of Johnstown, and 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg. The city of Pittsburgh is 136 miles to the west and Philadelphia 193 miles to the east, placing State College roughly in the middle of the state's two most prominent cities. Because of this centralized location, sports rivalries between Pittsburgh teams and Philadelphia teams are most intensely felt here. State College is served by the following highways: Interstate 80, U.S. Route 220, U.S. Route 322, and Pennsylvania State Highways 26 and 45. One of the area's major employers is AccuWeather, the world's largest private weather forecasting service, which originated in State College and is still based there.

State College Points of Interest

There are several things to do and see in and near State College. Following is a partial list:

  • Shaver's Creek Environmental Center: Penn State's nature center, which features hiking trails, picnic areas, a Discovery Room (with snakes, turtles, etc), and a Raptor Center, with twenty birds of prey.
  • Penn's Cave: America's only all-water cavern and wildlife park.
  • Centre Furnace Mansion and Village: Restored and furnished to reflect the period of residency of ironmaster Moses Thompson and his family (1842 - 1891).
  • Frost Entomological Museum: Houses Penn State's insect and related arthropod collections.
  • Matson Museum of Anthropology: Located on the Penn State campus.
  • The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Palmer Museum of Art: A free-admission arts resource on the Penn State campus.
  • The Pennsylvania Military Museum: Commemorates the men and women of all service branches from the early French and Indian War through more recent conflicts.
  • Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum: Celebrates the significant contributions of railroaders to American life and industry.
  • Mifflinburg Buggy Museum: An authentic original buggy-making shop with belting and pulleys, tools, machinery and forges.
  • Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery.

College football fans can stay right at home to see some of the finest teams in the country play the Penn State Nittany Lions, a perennial college football powerhouse. Baseball fans can enjoy the State College Spikes, a class-A (short season) Minor League Baseball team playing in the New York Penn League. The Spikes have been affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, but as of 2007 they will become a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate.

For the price of a short drive, baseball fans have other options too. Altoona, less than an hour away, is home to the Altoona Curve, a class-AA minor league affiliate of the Pirates. The city of Harrisburg, less than two hours away, is home to the Harrisburg Senators, a class-AA minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

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High Points

State College strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy State College Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy State College College Educated Adults
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy State College Short Commute Times
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy State College Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7% State College Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% State College Low Violent Crime
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% State College Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of State College, Pennsylvania

Comparing State College to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 5 10
Senior Citizens 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 5
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 6 9
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Working at Home 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Affordability of Rents 7 2
Housing Recently Built 6 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 7
Low Property Crime 8 4

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State College Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 97 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Centre
Metro Area State College
Standard Zip Codes 16801, 16802, 16803
P.O. Box Zip Codes 16804, 16805
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.793
Longitude -77.86

State College Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 60 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches
Distance 37.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
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State College Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 38,420 100%
Male 20,011 52.1%
Female 18,409 47.9%
Under 18 2,212 5.8%
18+ 36,208 94.2%
65+ 2,247 5.8%
Median Age 21.8
Average Family Size 2.69
White 32,392 84.3%
African-American 1,417 3.7%
Asian 3,368 8.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 58 0.2%
Other 529 1.4%
Mixed Race 606 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,159 3%

Estimated State College Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 38,720
Growth 300
Growth % 0.8%

State College Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 19.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
Italian 12.6%
Irish 12.1%
English 6.4%
Polish 4.7%
US/American 2.6%
Russian 2.3%
Scottish 1.8%
European 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Swedish 1.3%
Ukrainian 1%
Slovak 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
British 0.7%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
African 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, State College, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

University Park (16802)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
State College 38,420 $54,949
Bellefonte 6,395 $42,378
Centre Hall 1,079 $49,333
Milesburg 1,187 $37,885
Petersburg 455 $35,417
Port Matilda 638 $37,344
Snow Shoe 771 $42,222

State College Public Libraries

Schlow Memorial Library
State College, Pennsylvania
(814) 237-6236
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State College Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(814) 231-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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(814) 237-8401
373 Benner Pike
(814) 235-9306
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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