Five reasons why it’s better here in Happy Valley

5 listed State College as a top town for entrepreneurs, noting availability of resources like Centre Region Entrepreneur Network, New Leaf Initiative, TechCelerator and Lion Launch Pad.


4 listed State College in its top 10 list for best college towns (of course). They noted that it is known as one of the smartest towns in America, has one of the best music scenes and is among the safest small towns in the country. Not bad, eh?


3 So we know that sitting in the bleachers during White Out is an experience like nothing else on earth, but it turns out that we aren’t alone. In 2005 and again in 2016, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit named Penn State the Best Student Section the country, but it almost seemed like an understatement when the entire student section sold out in less than 48 minutes flat this summer.


2 With successful football seasons and sold-out crowds, it’s no surprise that Penn State’s football program recently ranked as one of the most successful in the country. In a report conducted by Forbes, Penn State stands at No. 14 spot with an average of $92 million worth of revenue, $48 million of which was turned to profit. Penn State has one of the few financially independent athletics department in the country. It is self-sufficient because it can use football revenue to fund all of its other teams and programs. Penn State ranked as the third-most valuable program in the Big Ten, and the only Pennsylvania team to make the list.


1 Movoto got it right when they said that we’re the Happiest Small City in the Country: “While college might make you think of finals week and a ton of homework, this place is actually known as The Happy Valley by many locals. Why? For starters, Psychology Today ranked this little Pennsylvania locale as one of the least stressful places in the United States. The commute was the fifth lowest, the married percent of people ranked 22nd. Even the walkability here was No. 19 on our list.”

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