2 Centre County communities recognized on list of top 250 places to live for college grads

An early morning sunrise photo of Mt. Nittany taken from the Foxpointe Development on W. College Ave.
An early morning sunrise photo of Mt. Nittany taken from the Foxpointe Development on W. College Ave. StateCollege

May is graduation month for most colleges and universities and while four years of hard work is in the past, graduates face the difficult decision of choosing a city to begin their careers. To help in the decision making process, LendEDU has compiled a list of the 250 best cities for post-graduates to purchase real estate and two Centre County cities made the list.

About 30,000 cities were evaluated using the most recent data collected and licensed by Onboard informatics, a national real-estate data firm located in New York City.

State College is ranked 31 and Bellefonte is ranked 228 on the list. Eight Pennsylvania cites made the list, but Centre County is the only county in the state with two.

LendEDU, a student loan consolidation and refinance company arrived at the 250-city list by producing a final score generated from age ratio, cost of living, income growth, entertainment experience commute and single resident ratio scores.

Grand Forks, N.D., edged out Laramie, Wyo., for No. 1 in the country. Arkansas and Louisiana are tied at 17 for the largest number of cities on the list.

Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins presented the board of commissioners with the list at their weekly meeting Tuesday.

“It’s important to note that in comparison to 30,000 other cities in the country, Bellefonte is now nationally ranked as a place for young people to move,” Higgins said. “That is a very pleasant thing to find out.”

Centre County has fared well recently on national rankings lists. Houserville was ranked third and Lemont 11th on the 2017 best places to live in America list generated by niche.com. In 2016, Ferguson Township and College Township were ranked in the top 15 best places to live in America.

“I sometimes take it for granted that it’s such an amazing place we live in,” said Michael Pipe, chairman of the board of commissioners. “But when I take a step back, I realize that there is a plethora or reasons to come to Centre County and there are so many resources available to create the life that you want to create.”