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Home in Happy Valley

Penn State University Park is situated next to the quintessential college town of State College, in a region of Pennsylvania affectionately known as Happy Valley. It’s a place that makes an appearance on many “best” lists because of its friendly atmosphere, rich connection to education, natural resources, and strong economy.

  • #8: Best College Towns in America (, 2022)
  • #15 Best College Towns (Business Insider, 2018)
  • #98 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America (Livability, 2021)
  • #26 Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes, 2019)
  • #27 Top 30 Most Beautiful College Towns (, 2022)
  • #31 Best Small College Town in the USA (, 2022)
  • #14: Safest College Towns in America (SafeWise, 2018)
  • Most Educated City in Pennsylvania, (

Whether you are a nature lover or prefer the arts, Central Pennsylvania boasts a wide variety of activities to appeal to almost every taste.

For the Outdoorsperson

For the Arts, History and Music Buff

For the Foodie

For the Whole Family

For the Sports Fan



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