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-College-town amenities
-Attractive setting
-Educated population


-Narrow employment base
-Low ethnic diversity

What Bert Has To Say About State College Metro Area

Not surprisingly, the name State College is fairly self explanatory. The town is built around gigantic Penn State University, which provides the town with the usual college amenities, steady employment and sports entertainment. At some 40,000 plus in number, the student body outnumbers the town’s non-student population (which is highly educated, almost 40% possessing four year or graduate-level degrees).

There are some small high-tech and defense related industries in the area, but those looking for career employment might not find much here. In another name giveaway, the greater area is known informally as Happy Valley, indicating the area’s notably low crime rates and low stress. The surrounding mountains provide some recreational opportunities, the setting is attractive, and the downtown is classic college town. Although the area is centrally located, the orientation of mountains and highway thoroughfares makes it relatively isolated from larger cities. Cost of living and housing are quite reasonable.

The valley location, with its woods and rolling meadows, is green in summer and beautiful in fall. The Allegheny Plateau rises to the west. The climate is humid continental modified by the Great Lakes and the Allegheny ridges. Summers are typically sunny and warm but less humid than other areas of the state; readings over 90 are rare. Winters are fairly cold with most daytime lows below freezing and an occasional subzero reading. There is plenty of precipitation but less than in areas west of the Alleghenies, closer to Lake Erie. The mountains block the heaviest snows and coldest arctic air but the area receives significant snow and cloud cover. First freeze is early October, last is mid-May.


  • Profile: College town
  • Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Elevation: 1200
  • Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
  • City: State College
  • Zip Codes: State College (zip 16801)

Quick Facts About State College

    The unemployment rate in State College (zip 16801) is 3.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. State College (zip 16801) jobs have Increased by 2.69 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, State College (zip 16801)'s cost of living is 14.60% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, State College (zip 16801)'s population is 41,731 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -7.93 percent.
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in State College (zip 16801) is $242,000. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.60 percent.
    State College (zip 16801) public schools spend $17,641 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12.6 students per teacher in State College (zip 16801).

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