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.

State College is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in State College have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. State College’s economy is one such example of this.

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

Residents of the borough have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.22 minutes getting to work every day.

A lot of people in State College take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the borough, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in State College, this fills their need for low-cost 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of State College's cultural character, accounting for 15.47% of the borough’s population.

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