State College is one of the more exciting places in Pennsylvania. The town lies almost in the middle of the state. This may be why it belongs to Centre County, which means “Center.” This town is a group of six municipalities. Together those six boroughs make up the State College Metropolitan Area. According to the 2010 United States Census, the area has a combined population of 236,577.
You may not know that State College was voted the 3rd safest metropolitan area in the United States. Making this area a great, safe, and family-friendly place to live. State College’s nickname is The Happy Valley, and it is not hard to see why. It was also voted the 8th best college town in America. Speaking of college, the reason State College has that name because it is the home of the famous Pennsylvania State University.
In 1855, Penn State started from humble roots. It was then known as Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania. It was renamed to its current name in 1953. The school has their own mailing address of University Park and its own zip code of 16802 that are different from the rest of State College.
Since its start as a little farm school, Pennsylvania state university has bloomed into a world-class research institution. People travel from all over the world to study mathematics, law, business, communication and hundreds of other areas of study.
Penn State is also famous for their football program. Their team, The Nittany Lions bring over 100,000 visiting fans to Beaver Stadium every game day. Beaver Stadium, which is located on the main campus is the 3rd largest stadium in the world.