Retire in State College

Best Retirement City - State College

See why many believe that State College is the best city to retire

The home of Penn State University has become a recent retirement haven, and not just for college football fanatics. Recent performances in the area by The Eagles and Elton John are just a small indicator of the recent increase in Baby Boomers in State College. State College’s location right in the middle of the state makes for a few hour ride to Pittsburgh in the West, or to the Poconos for hiking and skiing in the East. There are plenty of closer outdoors activities as well, with four state forests within a 30 minute ride. Thanks to the college campus, nearly the entire city is walkable, making it very easy to stroll to your favorite restaurant. The area is becoming increasingly popular for those who want to avoid the higher taxes and cost of living of New Jersey, New York, and the rest of the Northeast. The area has become very common lately for younger retirees seeking an active lifestyle, making it an area of mostly transplants who are very open to meeting others and sharing their experiences. While The Highlands is listed in the town’s Historical Register and is close to campus, it features plenty of student rentals that can get a bit noisy. The Holmes-Foster area is right nearby, and although it is a bit further away from campus, it is also quieter. The Village at Penn State has become a popular retirement community located close to campus. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in State College.

City Highlights

  1. Strong cultural scene
  2. Learning opportunities at Penn State
  3. Hiking at nearby parks/streams
  4. Low crime

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Noise from large college campus
  2. Distance to major airport

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 50,295

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Pittsburgh, PA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

University Park Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Harrisburg International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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