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State College, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of State College had a population of 45,853 as of July 1, 2017. State College ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for State College is located at latitude 40.791 and longitude -77.8568 in Centre County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of State College (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Centre County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,148 feet.

The Borough of State College (GNIS ID: 1215063) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with State College population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for State College: Agricultural College, Centre Furnace, Farm School, Farmer High School.

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State College, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 45,853
Daytime Population: Workers 15,455
Daytime Population: Residents 30,404
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 45,859
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 30,593
Population in Familes 8,516
Population in Group Qrtrs 15,260
Population Density2 10,055
Diversity Index3 41


Median Household Income $26,318
Average Household Income $47,920
Per Capita Income $15,570


Total Housing Units 13,809 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,525 (18.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,762 (77.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 522 ( 3.8%)
Median Home Value $269,507
Average Home Value $291,845


Total Households 13,287
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 3,179
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.21% 0.61%
Households 0.72% 0.85%
Families 0.49% 0.62%
Median Household Income   0.78%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

State College, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares State College to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 99th
Population Density # 11 99th
Diversity Index # 191 89th
Median Household Income # 1744 1st
Per Capita Income # 1749 1st

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