State College evolved from a village to a town in order to serve the needs of the young institution in 1855. As the home of The Pennsylvania State University, the two have grown together over the last century and a half. Downtown offers dozens of shops, fine dining, and an exciting night life. Also known as Happy Valley, the town is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Penn State. As such, a majority of downtown life is student-oriented, as evidenced by Penn State's place at the top of the annual Princeton Review for best party schools. Desite this, State College has remained the second safest metropolitan area in the United State, according to the CQ Press. We hope you enjoy your visit to beautiful State College!
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