Mayor's Welcome

Welcome to State College, Pennsylvania (incorporated, 1896; population – 42,034).

Also known as Happy Valley, State College hosts friendly, walkable neighborhoods, a safe, vibrant downtown, and the main campus of the world famous Pennsylvania State University. 

Pedestrian/Sidewalk ImageOccupying 4.56 square miles, with a vibrant downtown and a world-class university in the middle, State College is a pedestrian's paradise, boasting the highest percentage of people who walk and bike to work among Pennsylvania cities.  Our bus system has the third highest mass transit ridership in the state.  Our regional growth boundary has helped to maintain low commuting times and to preserve the area’s physical beauty.  Enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Nittany.

untitled-0580Downtown State College boasts a dynamic restaurant scene, a lively nightlife, a local farmers’ market, an eclectic mix of retail chains and independent shops, and an abundance of exciting events and festivals, providing excellent opportunities and venues for socializing.  Downtown State College is also home to a vibrant cultural arts district featuring galleries, theaters, and much more.  In July, State College and Penn State host the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a bustling five-day event, featuring a sidewalk sale and exhibition with performances and entertainment.  Visit College Avenue with its iconic Hotel State College and discover the best times of your lives in downtown State College.

PennState1Penn State boasts a world-class faculty, excellent athletic facilities, an extensive art scene, and the third largest library in Pennsylvania.  Whether you are a potential applicant, a current student, or a returning alum, you are welcome in State College.  Visit Old Main, the HUB-Robeson Center, the Pattee and Paterno Library, and the various academic buildings on campus.  Enjoy your favorite Nittany Lion or Lady Lion athletic teams at the many Penn State sports venues.  Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in America.  In February, the Bryce Jordan Center hosts THON, a 46-hour dance marathon and the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.  With its focus on academics, Penn State has been making life better for most Pennsylvanians since 1855.

With our experienced, professional staff, State College takes pride in its excellent, innovative municipal services. Our Police Department has helped make State College one of the safest cities in America; State College and its surrounding suburban townships are a model of urban-suburban relations and regional cooperation statewide, and Alpha Fire Company is the largest volunteer fire company in Pennsylvania.

State College also affirms the importance of diversity, tolerance, and understanding among races, nationalities, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, and ideologies.  As Mayor of State College, and as the son of Korean immigrants and naturalized American citizens, I am proud not only of our community’s openness to all people but also of the diversity of those who contribute to it.

As a Centre County native, a Penn State graduate, and a State College homeowner, I know that this is a wonderful community in which to grow up, to get an education, and to settle down. 

Find out for yourself why State College is called Happy Valley.


Very truly yours,

Donald M. Hahn

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