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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 Population42,074
Male Share of the Population54%
Female Share of the Population46%
Senior Citizens5.2%
Employed Population 16+16,385
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married15.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher69.8%
Median Earnings25+$31,721
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree$16,348

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,625
% Above Poverty Level55.2%
% Below Poverty Level44.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work43.2%
% Using Public Transportation10.4%

Housing

People Living Alone38.3%
Median Gross Rent$968
Median House Value$275,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.7%
Irish11.6%
Italian10%
Polish5.7%
English5.6%
French Except Basque2.1%
Russian2%
Scottish1.5%
Swedish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Greek1.1%
Welsh1%
Hungarian1%
Slovak0.9%
Norwegian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Arab0.6%
African0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Iranian0.4%
German0.4%
Turkish0.3%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Australian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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State College Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 97 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City114 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Centre County
Metro AreaState College
Standard Zip Codes16801, 16803, 16802
P.O. Box Zip Codes16804, 16805
Phone Area Codes814
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude40.793
Longitude-77.86

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
Bellefonte6,287$58,464
Centre Hall1,228$61,932

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
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State College Public Schools

Young Scholars Of Central Pa Cs
1530 Westerly Parkway
(814) 237-9727
Primary
Total Enrollment 187
Centre Learning Community Cs
2643 West College Ave
(814) 861-7980
Middle
Total Enrollment 94
Nittany Valley Cs
1612 Norma St
(814) 867-3842
Primary
Total Enrollment 48
Mount Nittany Ms
656 Brandywine Dr
(814) 466-5133
Middle
Total Enrollment 732
Wonderland Cs
2112 Sandy Dr
(814) 234-5886
Primary
Total Enrollment 64
Corl Street El Sch
235 Corl St
(814) 231-1185
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Easterly Parkway El Sch
234 Easterly Parkway
(814) 231-1170
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Houserville/lemont El Sch
675 Elmwood St
(814) 231-5026
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Mount Nittany El Sch
700 Brandywine Dr
(814) 272-5970
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Radio Park El Sch
800 West Cherry Ln
(814) 231-4115
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
State College Area Hs
653 Westerly Parkway
(814) 231-1111
High
Total Enrollment 2387
Park Forest El Sch
2181 School Dr
(814) 231-5010
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Park Forest Ms
2180 School Dr
(814) 272-8217
Middle
Total Enrollment 788

State College Private Schools

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