Nicknamed "Happy Valley'' and "Lion Country," State College, PA is in Central Pennsylvania and is the largest designated borough in Pennsylvania. State College has a population of 41,992.
In order to accommodate the growth of Penn State, State College grew from a small village into a small city. State College was incorporated as a borough on August 29, 1896.
The Pennsylvania State University is the largest employer in the region. The University employs over 26,000 workers, full and part-time. The Mount Nittany Medical Center, the Government of Pennsylvania, the State College Area School District and the Geisinger Medical Group employ 5,734 State College area residents.
Penn State Nittany Lions football games attract over 100,000 fans to the legendary Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions have launched the careers of dozens of famous NFL players, including Franco Harris. Franco Harris played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was responsible for one of the most famous plays in NFL history: the “immaculate reception,” where Harris snatched the ball from a deflected pass to John "Frenchy" Fuqua and won the 1972 playoff game against the Oakland Raiders.
In addition to football, Penn State University has a legendary sports program that includes men and women’s volleyball teams, a wrestling team, men’s and women’s fencing teams, and, since 2012, men’s and women’s varsity ice hockey teams. The volleyball, fencing and wrestling teams have been extremely successful, bringing home a combined 31 championships!
State College is also known for its special events, many of which are sponsored by Penn State University. THON (The Penn State Dance Marathon) is one of the most significant events in Happy Valley each year and is the largest student run charity in the world. It consists of a 46- Hour Dance Marathon that occurs once a year in February. Since 1977, THON has raised $136 million for children’s cancer care and research at the Penn State Children’s Hospital.