Readers’ Digest says, “Move to Happy Valley!"

State College is no stranger to Top Ten lists. It's been named one of the least stressful cities in the US, best place to live and launch, one of the most active cities in the country, and an all-around best of both worlds by CNNMoney.

The latest accolade comes from this past week’s Readers’ Digest, naming the area on its short list of best places to move before they get too crowded. They say, “These fascinating small cities and burgeoning big towns across the United States offer great green spaces, myriad recreational opportunities, thriving downtowns and active local communities—not to mention reasonable real estate prices—making them the perfect destinations to set up house and put down roots. But hurry, it’s only a matter of time before they get discovered (and overcrowded and overpriced).”

What they say about Happy Valley

One of the fastest growing, most educated, and safest college towns in America, Forbes named State College the third best college town in America and ranked it highly for business and careers, noting its below-national-average cost of living. Maybe even a bigger draw—Psychology Today declared State College to be one of the least stressful places to live in the entire country. Located in Central Pennsylvania, the region, often called “Happy Valley,” is surrounded by some of the country’s top outdoor hiking, biking and fly-fishing experiences. From the natural wonders of Penn’s Cave, the country’s only all-water cavern, to the unassuming Columbus Chapel, which houses the most significant collection of Christopher Columbus artifacts in North America, State College is a four-season destination with outdoor adventure, world-class culture, unexpected history and storied local traditions.

This high praise comes soon after Livability.com named State College as one of the top 10 places to raise a family.  They name the close proximity to State College, the low student-to-teacher ratios in local schools and the general vibe of excitement in their reasons why State College has got it going on.

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