State College, Pa.

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The city lives up to its nickname, “Happy Valley.” Dominated by Pennsylvania State University, State College’s entertainment revolves around the campus, from lively football games to engrossing fundraisers like “Thon,” when the entire city bleeds blue and white. State College ranks extremely high for places to socialize, with students mostly congregating in the small but charming downtown area. Despite its Nittany pride, the city remains in the middle of the pack economically, with notably high rents.

#15 State College, Pa.

POPULATION: 159,341
STUDENTS: 39,577
RANKING DETAIL:
#7 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#16 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#6 CITY ACCESS
#17 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#5 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#7 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#17 LABOR FORCE
#12 INNOVATION
#19 RENT

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