State College, Pennsylvania is more than just a college town. It has a vibrant nightlife, shopping, a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts, along with diverse culinary adventures. State College is a wonderful mix of small-town charm and college town excitement which makes it a great place to live and visit.
State College is also referred to by the term “Happy Valley”, which has origins dating back to the Great Depression and the town’s ability to be sheltered from much of the financial hardship falling on the rest of the country. Another origin comes from sports writers looking for a way to describe the town during football broadcasts. As of the 2010 census, there were 42,034 full-time residents.
The town was largely founded around satisfying the needs of what would become the Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania’s premier public university which boasts a student body of nearly 50,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. The town is now home to plenty of entrepreneurship and companies. There are also several events and facilities welcoming thousands of people to the area including Penn State Football, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Bryce Jordan Center and many others.
Map of State College, PA
Drone Footage of Penn State University