Welcome to State College!
For some of you, State College feels like a small town and for others it may seem large. But,
most who call this place home think State College is the perfect size. On and off-campus,
State College and surrounding areas offer a wide range of restaurants, live music, theatrical
performances, and sporting events, as well as shopping in our thriving downtown business
district and throughout the Centre Region. State College is nestled in the Nittany Valley,
offering an abundance of natural resources, which provide ample opportunities to bike, hike,
fish, swim and explore the great outdoors.
State College takes pride in being recognized as a safe and welcoming place. Penn State is a
world-class university that attracts people from all over the world, expanding our diversity and
cultural richness. Students comprise a large percentage of the community, and Penn State
graduates frequently stay and build their lives here—we hope you will consider doing the same. The knowledge and
experiences students gain through their studies at Penn State contribute to our vibrant and innovative community. State
College Borough and its citizens benefit from student involvement in local non-profits and Penn State organizations,
helping our community respond better to current needs and improve the quality of life in State College.
You are now a citizen of State College, and I encourage you to get involved, know your neighbors, and, most
importantly, to feel at home. This is a perfect place to try on new ideas and new roles that build upon the
connections that bring us together.
As your Mayor, I welcome your questions and comments. My door is always open for students who want to contact
me, present ideas, suggest changes, and find ways to work together. I hope we have a chance to meet while you
call State College home.
Mayor Goreham *New mayor will begin term January 1, 2018.
State College Area & Centre County
Centre County, Pennsylvania
Government: County seat is located in Bellefonte
Geography: 1,000+ square miles located in central
Pennsylvania, created on February 13, 1800
Distance to: Pittsburgh, PA 140 miles; 2 hours 45 mins.
Baltimore, MD 175 miles; 3 hours 10 mins.
Philadephia, PA 195 miles; 3 hours 30 mins.
Washington, DC 215 miles; 4 hours
New York, NY 235 miles; 4 hours
State College Area
The State College area consists of State College Borough and
College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton townships.
Most students living off campus live in the State College area,
with a majority in State College Borough.
State College Borough
Geography: State College Borough is 4. 5 square miles located
to the north and south of Penn State University.
Population: 42,034, 75% of Borough residents are students
Your Back-to-School Headquarters
A Part of the Penn State
Community Since 1991.
373 Benner Pike
State College, PA 16801
1665 N. Atherton St.
State College, PA 16803
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