Penn State, Happy Valley land at the top of 'best of' lists

Both Penn State and Happy Valley have long been favorites on “best of” lists. And it's no wonder – somehow we have found the perfect combination of big city fun and small town benefits, with college town energy added in like a shot of adrenaline. Each of us can tick off the things that we think make it the best – football, the seasons, entertainment, the food. But what makes websites like,, and CNN sit up and take notice? Read on!

Best Place to Live

Three College Township communities were listed in the best places to live in Pennsylvania and the United States. Lemont ranked the number 2 place in America to buy a house and number 1 in Pennsylvania for 2018 by Niche, a website that analyzes public data based on ratings of schools and neighborhoods. Houserville placed number 2 place to live in Pennsylvania and number 3 place to buy a house in the state. Boalsburg came in as the number 8 place to buy a house and No. 9 best place to live in the state, and 98th best place to live in America.

Best Place to Watch Hockey

State College shot to the top 10 spot in best places to best hockey towns, according to SmartAsset. According to their data, the hockey team is supported by attendance figures surpassing the local arena’s capacity. Average attendance here is over 104% of capacity, equaling roughly 14% of the city’s population.

Best Town for College Grads

ValuePenguin looked at factors relating to employment, such as job opportunities, employment rates, remuneration and employee benefits, as well as the affordability of the city and lifestyle factors such as transport, entertainment and demographics. They ranked State College 15th overall out of 381, and ranked it 8th for job opportunities.

Best College Town listed State College in it's 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 in the country, and is among the safest small towns in the country. Not bad, eh?

Top Town for Entrepreneurs 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.


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