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Old 07-03-2006, 07:31 AM
 
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Any infos on these 2 towns???
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land TX
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Thumbs up Depends What You are Looking For

We've lived in State College for the past year after moving from North Texas. Even after being raised in the south all of my life, I've found that State College is a very nice town. For a town it's size, they have a lot of cultural/local activities, especially for families. However, it does have a high cost of living (taxes, etc). The seasons have been a nice change of pace, given the mild winter. Almost everyone it seems works for Penn State.
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:08 AM
 
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Altoona is nothing special, but it's not bad. State College is nice but it depends what you're looking for. If you are outdoorsy do notlive in the State College area. It's getting very built up and the only thing that is there is PSU. The skiing/ mt biking sucks. If you like to go to bars and like college life, live there.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:19 PM
 
Location: FL
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Altoona can be nice, but there are some pretty dumpy areas in it. I think it is in the number street areas. I went camping up that way, and fell IN LOVE with the surrounding. Hollidaysburg is beautiful and so is Duncansville. Quiet little neighborhoods.
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:50 PM
 
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Red face B+ towns

I live about 45 minutes from Altoona and frequent there because they have a lot of stores to shop in, but I would never live there. It is surrounded by beautiful country, has a great minor league team, and has plenty to do, but in recent years there has been a great influx of drugs in this town. The rate of serious crimes like murder, etc. has gone up and like another reader stated, there are some pretty crappy areas. I agree with the fact that Hollidaysburg, Duncansville or some other small town surrounding Altoona would be a much better choice!
As for State College, its all about Penn State! There are many things to do there because of school activities, but the college students make it an adventure. Plus the traffic is always fun when a game lets out. Again, I would recommend a surrounding area. The mountains are beautiful around State College, especially in the fall because of the leaves turning. Although, the cost of living is expensive.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:31 PM
 
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Default Beautiful site

Thank you for the info.
How is the job market in that area?
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Old 07-13-2006, 10:52 AM
 
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What kind of job are you looking for?

I did my master's at PSU (in State College). It's a smallish town that is built around Penn State. If you are in the academic field, you'll find a job. However, if you're looking for blue collar work it might be a bit difficult, but not impossible. Obviously, the job market in State College (or, worse, Altoona) is not going to compare to a place like Philadelphia or even Lancaster/Erie.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:09 AM
 
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Thanks...
This does give me a better idea of what is going on.
My husband and I are relocating to the states.
And we are down to two states : PA and WI.
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Old 07-17-2006, 01:34 PM
 
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Default State College Sucks!

I grew up in the State College area and have been back and forth to other states due to emergencies with my family in this county. If you are white and live a dull and boring life, you will love State College. If you are hispanic, black or biracial, you are asking for trouble. The police in this area target anyone who is not white, especially teenagers and young 20's. State College thrives on its PSU Nittany Lion football ego trip. Not much else to do but drink, go to movies, drink, go to movies, or drink and go to movies. I returned to the area because my mother had three strokes. Love her dearly, and now that she's out of the woods, I will soon be out of the woods myself.
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Old 07-18-2006, 09:58 AM
 
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Default Drink

I do not drink.
I think State College is pretty much out.
Thanks
johnnybandfreak
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