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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population42,224
Male Share of the Population53.4%
Female Share of the Population46.6%
Senior Citizens5.6%
Employed Population 16+16,441
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married16.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher70%
Median Earnings25+$36,136
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,396
Median Earnings With High School Degree$15,562

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,268
% Above Poverty Level56.3%
% Below Poverty Level43.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work42.5%
% Using Public Transportation12.1%

Housing

People Living Alone40.2%
Median Gross Rent$986
Median House Value$284,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.7%
Irish11.6%
Italian9.8%
English6.2%
Polish5.7%
French Except Basque2.2%
Russian1.8%
Scottish1.4%
Swedish1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Greek1%
Welsh0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Slovak0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Czech0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Arab0.5%
African0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
German0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
British0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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State College Almanac

CategoryValue
County Centre County
Standard Zip Codes16803, 16801, 16802
P.O. Box Zip Codes16804, 16805
Phone Area Codes814
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.8
Approximate Longitude-77.9

State College Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSTATE COLLEGE
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp41 to 60 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches
StationLEWISTOWN
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip40.8 inches
StationPRINCE GALLITZIN ST PK
Distance37.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellefonte6,282$61,490
Centre Hall1,282$65,000
Milesburg959$61,136
Petersburg452$43,864
Port Matilda636$63,611
Snow Shoe838$70,703

State College Public Libraries

Schlow Centre Region Library
211 SOUTH ALLEN STREET
State College, Pennsylvania
(814) 237-6236

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State College Hospitals

Mount Nittany Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1800 East Park Avenue
(814) 231-7000

State College Public Schools

Centre Learning Community Cs
2643 W College Ave
ZIP: 16801
(814) 861-7980
Middle
Total Enrollment 98
Corl Street El Sch
235 Corl St
ZIP: 16801
(814) 231-1185
Primary
Total Enrollment 254
Easterly Parkway El Sch
234 Easterly Pkwy
ZIP: 16801
(814) 231-1170
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Houserville/lemont El Sch
675 Elmwood St
ZIP: 16801
(814) 231-5026
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Mount Nittany El Sch
700 Brandywine Drive
ZIP: 16801
(814) 272-5970
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Mount Nittany Ms
656 Brandywine Dr
ZIP: 16801
(814) 466-5133
Middle
Total Enrollment 754
Nittany Valley Cs
1612 Norma St
ZIP: 16801
(814) 867-3842
Primary
Total Enrollment 49
State College Area Hs
653 Westerly Pkwy
ZIP: 16801
(814) 231-1111
High
Total Enrollment 2301
Young Scholars Of Central Pa Cs
1530 Westerly Parkway
ZIP: 16801
(814) 237-9727
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Park Forest El Sch
2181 School Dr
ZIP: 16803
(814) 231-5010
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Park Forest Ms
2180 School Dr
ZIP: 16803
(814) 272-8217
Middle
Total Enrollment 847
Radio Park El Sch
800 W Cherry Ln
ZIP: 16803
(814) 231-4115
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Wonderland Cs
2112 Sandy Drive
ZIP: 16803
(814) 234-5886
Primary
Total Enrollment 89

State College Private Schools

Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten
205 S Garner St
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Grace Prep High School
3006 Research Dr
ZIP: 16801
Secondary
Total Enrollment 55
Learning Station
3035 Enterprise Dr
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Montessori School Of The Ni
138 Lime Rock Ter
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Nittany Christian School
1221 W Whitehall Rd
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 88
Nw Human Services Autism School
3020 Research Dr
ZIP: 16801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Our Children's Center
411 S Burrowes St
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Our Lady Of Victory Elementary School
800 Westerly Pkwy
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 307
State College Friends School
1900 University Dr
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
The Goddard School
1545 Westerly Pkwy
ZIP: 16801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Park Forest Montessori School
1833 Park Forest Ave
ZIP: 16803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
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