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State College Ranked 15th-Best Small U.S. College Town

State College is officially the 15th best college town in the United States, according to USA Today’s latest rankings.

Out of 170 college towns with a population of less than 150,000, State College scored in the top 10 percent based on factors like annual rent, unemployment rate, average commute, walkability, and number of bars and restaurants. What more could you possibly ask for in a college town?

State College ranked sixth in USA Today’s category for the percentage of residents aged 20-34 and ninth for walkability with a WalkScore of more than 65 based on data calculated by national real estate giant Redfin.

Throughout the past few years, State College has been listed on similar scales of American college town quality at second, third, third, third, fifth, and eighth places, respectively. Unfortunately, our beloved Happy Valley did not fare so well this time around. Erie, Pennsylvania — home of Penn State Behrend — also made the list at No. 24.

The best part of this announcement? Ann Arbor, Michigan is ranked 16th.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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