Talk:State College, Pennsylvania

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The population numbers for State College seem low. According to the stastics listed on the Penn State web site stastics, there are approximately 41 000 students alone at the University Park Campus, including 33 000 undergraduate full time students. With faculty, staff, families, local business employees, the number seems like it should be higher.

  • I imagine that not everyone who goes to Penn State lives in the town, therefore the numbers for the town would be lower. The numbers for the town come from the US Census.

The Census Bureau makes a distinction between State College and University Park. Thus those students who live on campus are not (and should not) be counted in State College's population.theprez98 (talk) 17:45, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

The Census Bureau also differentiates between all those surrounding townships and villages. Most University faculty and staff don't live in the Borough. What seems low is the total number given.

Social aspect[edit]

Would it be reasonable to add information about the active (student-driven) social scene of State College? Perhaps a listing of the notable bars in the area.

Students aren't the only important people of the town. There are wonderful things happening in the "town" part of this "town & gown" place. I think something should be mentioned about the environmentally-friendly movement that is amazing in this town. The Clearwater Conservancy and the Centre County Master Gardeners come to mind...


Can't we also say something about Mike the Mailman? Not a bio, just a reference because he cares so much about the students temporarily residing in his zip code. --Jerseygator 03:04, 29 July 2006 (UTC)


This article could use a section on Transportation similar to this one, located on the Tallahassee, Florida article page.

I'm not sure a parallel section would be appropriate, but CATA definitely deserves a reference. Not all college towns are so lucky. --Jerseygator 03:00, 29 July 2006 (UTC)

Strangely Named Places in PA[edit]

I removed this category tag because... well... there's not really anything strange about "State College". Feel free to rebut this if there's something strange that I'm not noticing. --Thisisbossi 04:37, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

List sprawl[edit]

I added a cleanup tag for a good portion of the article. Although the article contains relevant information, an article written as a list is not an article. Please help me rework the lists into concise paragraph form. Thanks, GChriss <always listening><c> 18:02, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

Notable Visitors?[edit]

Why do we have this section? Justify it or it will be erased. Amber388 23:38, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


I know this was discussed above but I agree that the population numbers don't match up. The biggest problem seems to be that the article is ambiguous as to whether it only refers to the borough or includes the four surrounding townships that are part of the municipality as well. It also is unclear whether it includes the student population. If you only include permanent residents of just the borough then 40k may be accurate. However if you include the students and the borough/townships, then 100k may be a closer to the truth. 10:41, 20 February 2007 (UTC)SMaj

People from State College[edit]

I removed Pozlusny and Collins from the people from State College category. They just went to college there. I kept Larry Johnson, Matt Suhey and Joe Paterno because they have spent more than just their college years in State College. Dincher 21:32, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Larry Johnson is also questionable... He didn't move to State College until 10th or 11th grade. Tony spent all of high school there. Mike McQueary was born and raised in State College as well. I would also include the Jerry Sandusky, he was not only the defensive coordinator for years, but started the Second Mile.

Poz and Collins shouldn't have been there. However, Larry Johnson went to State High and played a major part in their football and basketball teams. I think that qualifies closely enough. Paterno has lived in SC for eons, so that's good. I am going to include Sandusky; that had actually occurred to me before, but for some reason I didn't add it... The Evil Spartan 19:50, 12 August 2007 (UTC)

Reference to 'state pen'?[edit]

Does anyone have a better source for the Rockview State Correctional Institution being known as the 'state penn'? Sports Illustrated is somewhat credible, but the article makes no mention of Rockview. I read 'state penn' to be a generic reference to 'the state penitentiary'. Thanks, GChriss <always listening><c> 16:05, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Reference to the College Diner[edit]

It doesn't seem quite appropriate to mention the 5 days that it was closed by the Health Dept. due to violations; if I remember, those violations happened during a small renovation project, and were of that nature. But, even if not, it hardly seems notable for a place that's open 24-7 year round, unless it's routine practice to list any health violations for every restaurant or bar in Wikipedia. Maybe you could mention all the turkeys they cook on Thanksgiving, and how they almost give away the food on that day. (I haven't been in a few years, but went for the $.50 Thanksgiving dinner for many years.) Or that 2 eggs, homefries and toast is still only $1.25 every morning.

The term "happy Valley" does not refer to State College, except in its relation to Penn State. It also has nothing to do with happiness. It is (or was in my day) considered either a sarcastic or ironic reference to life at Penn State. When you do a Penn Stat page I shall elaborate. It can be used in reference to the entire Nittany Valley, but more for its shorcomings in relation to life at Penn State than its achievements. --WGL33133 (talk) 00:11, 5 October 2008 (UTC)Wgl33133 October, 4 2008.

State College is still not digitized on Google Earth?[edit]

What is the problem with digitizing the town of State College and PSU on Google Earth? An old ariel photograph is still used, and it provides no definition of town and gown sites. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:53, 7 May 2009 (UTC)


'The post office, which has since moved across a street to the McAllister Building, is the official home of zip code 16802 (University Park). The new zip code was granted directly by Milton's brother, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower.' Eisenhower left office January 20, 1961 when he was replaced by John F. Kennedy. ZIP Codes were established in 1963. PA Phoenix (talk) 18:40, 18 February 2010 (UTC)PA Phoenix, ('74 LA)

State College redirect?[edit]

I think most people who search "State Colege" want the city rather than the "State University System" Could we reverse this so typing State College brings you here first? (Weather130 (talk) 17:35, 28 August 2010 (UTC))

Jerry Sandusky[edit]

An editor who wasn't logged in claimed that Jerry Sandusky wasn't a State College resident. He was. See for example this news story: [1] which mentions that his home (as of 2011) was in State College. —Stepheng3 (talk) 04:29, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Jerry Sandusky Trial[edit]

Since the sentence, "While State College is most known for Penn State Nittany Lions football..." is in the article, the Jerry Sandusky child rape trial - and the ensuing NCAA sanctions against Penn State University, as well as vacating 111 of Joe Paterno's wins - should have at least some mention. While there are direct WP articles to each subject, the effects on the economy have been notable

The omission of any mention of Jerry Sandusky on this page appears to be a whitewash of the biggest national news ever to take place in State CollegeEscherbach (talk) 23:06, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

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