State College, PA
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Living in State College


State College is a medium-sized borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 42,160 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, State College is the 15th largest community in Pennsylvania.

State College real estate is some of the most expensive in Pennsylvania, although State College house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

State College is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, State College is a borough of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in State College who work in teaching (24.66%), food service (13.64%), and office and administrative support (9.71%).

Also of interest is that State College has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, State College is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local State College culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. State College really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In State College every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and State College. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. State College benefits directly from this.

State College, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the borough.

One of the benefits of State College is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.22 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Many people in State College take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the borough, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among State College citizens for affordable transportation.

If knowledge is power, State College is a pretty powerful place. 70.59% of the adults in State College have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in State College in 2018 was $19,084, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,336 for a family of four. However, State College contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. State College also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.86% of its population below the federal poverty line.

State College is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call State College home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of State College residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in State College include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

In addition, State College has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.47%).

The most common language spoken in State College is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.