What is living in State College like? Thinking about moving there.
I grew up and live in the nearby city of Altoona (about 40 minutes south), and I went to Penn State University for 2 years. I have many friends who live or work in State College.
Basically the middle-west part of Pennsylvania where State College is located is the northern tip of the Appalachians. So it's a mountainous area (although if you're anywhere near the Rockies you may laugh at that description) that is largely surrounded by rural farming communities. State college is nicknamed Happy Valley because the city sits in between the mountains to the northwest and the mountains to the southeast. I really do think it's beautiful, and if you like outdoorsy stuff like hunting and fishing you will have plenty of opportunities.
State College has some big advantages and some big disadvantages. It is a college town, so during the school year there are times when the town feels really packed and traffic can get bad (think college football with a 105,000 capacity stadium). On the flip side it has tons of cool elements like great bars, lots of great restaurants, tons of stores, lots of entertainment options, and even a variety of nice parks and hiking trails.
One last issue: property values. Buying a house in state college is a nightmare. The land is unreasonably expensive and if you're working class then you're either going to rent, buy a townhouse for a TON of money, or buy a place in one of the nearby towns. Everyone I know that works in state college bought a house in a town nearby and commutes. Bellefonte, Spruce Creek, Boalsburg, Snowshoe, Port Matilda, Phillipsburg, Huntingdon, Tyrone, and Lewistown are all places where I know people who live there and commute to State College. Most of these towns have nice communities and are usually pretty good to live in, but it is something to consider.
If you have any other questions hit me up and I'll try to get answers for you.