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Ferguson, Patton townships named among state’s ‘best suburbs’

Ferguson and Patton townships both were ranked among the state’s “best suburbs,” according to Niche.com.
Ferguson and Patton townships both were ranked among the state’s “best suburbs,” according to Niche.com. CDT photo

State College may rank high as being bicycle friendly, but apparently it’s a pretty nice place to live too.

Niche.com, which provides students, families and professionals with “content and insight into big life decisions,” offers ranking and statistics on every neighborhood and city in the U.S. as well as thousands of schools and colleges.

And they just gave a pair of Centre Region communities major marks for its 2015 Best Places rankings.

Ferguson Township ranked fifth in the state under the “Best Suburbs” list, and also ranked 43rd in the nation. The ranks are based on “livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, access to activities, jobs, housing and transportation.”

Supervisor Elliott Killian said the township hits a unique trifecta of safety, natural resources and recreational activities, offering a large amount of quality parks, a bicycle-friendly community and great transportation.

“It’s right there in our mission statement — to increase the quality of life for our residents,” he said. “We always strive to do that.”

Ferguson wasn’t the only township to crack the top 10. Patton Township also ranked eighth in the “Best Suburbs” list in the state.

Township Manager Doug Erickson credited the safety of the community, saying the last time he checked, the Patton crime rate was lower than both state and county averages.

The township also provides plenty of shopping, housing and employment opportunities, he said. But it’s also the sense of community that makes it a great place too.

“I’ve been with the township since 1998,” he said. “I have many good friends who are residents that I work with on a frequent basis on the many volunteer projects that help us run the township.”

State College borough scored high marks as well, according to Niche, ranking number one as the “Best Town” in Pennsylvania and the 14th best town in the nation. Centre County was ranked the second best county in the state.

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