Mayor's Welcome

Welcome to State College, Pennsylvania (incorporated, 1896; population – 42,024). 

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.  

Occupying 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. 

State College has a dynamic restaurant scene, a lively nightlife, a local farmer’s 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. 

Penn State boasts 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. With its mission of teaching, research, and outreach, Penn State has been making life better for people all over the world from its base in State College since 1855. 

With our dedicated 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 regional cooperation. 

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, I am proud not only of our community’s openness to all people but also of the diversity of those who contribute to it. 

This is a great place in which to live, study, and vacation. Come find out for yourself why State College is called Happy Valley. 

Very truly yours, 

Ronald L Filippelli, 



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