Why Live Here?

When it comes to State College, your choices for putting down roots are plentiful. Many people relocate here with ties to the university, while others are escaping the hustle and bustle of city life in larger areas like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. No matter where you're coming from or how you came to be here, Happy Valley is a great place to call home. Specifically, Patton Township has a lot to offer the residents of the area, too.


When it comes to schooling for your children, Patton Township offers several options for public schooling. The public schools in the area are highly rated:

Crime & Safety

In terms of safety in Patton Township, the area is very low-risk. In 2019, Patton Township was named Number 65 on the SafeWise100 Safest Cities in America List. In 2021, the Township ranked Number 66 on the alarms.org list for safest cities in Pennsylvania.

As shown by the cityrating.com Crime Statistics, the majority of criminal incidents that occur in Patton Township are larceny/theft due to the number of big box stores in our area. Overall, this is a very safe place to call home.

Geography & Housing

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patton Township has a total area of 24.55 square miles. Living in Patton Township offers residents a dense suburban feel with a mix of renters and homeowners. In the township, there are a lot of parks for leisure and play, with a public dog park nearby in Ferguson Township. With close proximity to the university, the township includes a variety of young professionals, students, and long-term homeowners. There is a wide variety of housing for any lifestyle, and finding a place to live is not difficult with over 300 realtors in the State College Area.

If you're looking to contact a local realtor, there are several brokerages to pick from in Centre County. Contact CCAR for more information.

Shopping & Entertainment

As quoted by a resident of Patton Township on niche.com, "State College is an amazing area not only for college kids, but for families as well. There's always something to do, be it a sporting event, community fair, or concert. There are a ton of eating options and a great downtown scene. The town is pretty safe and clean. Penn State also does a lot to get involved with the community, so the two cultures blend well together."

Patton Township is home to almost all of the big box stores in the State College area, providing plenty of shopping opportunities for groceries, home essentials, and anything else you may need. Restaurants and activities for all ages are also never out of reach, no matter what time of year it is.

Employee Favorites

If you're new to the area, or just looking for something to do on your next free day or night...our staff here at Patton Township has put together a suggestion list for you!

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