On Saturday February 4, 2017, State College became a Guinness World Record holder.
Light Up State College organized 5,226 lighted ice luminaries that were displayed across South Allen Street in downtown State College.
A referendum failed to yield a majority for any of the choices for a new name, and so the town remains State College. The post office, which has since moved across an alley to the Mc Allister Building, is the official home of ZIP code 16802 (University Park).
22,681 or 54.0% of borough residents were males and 19,353 or 46.0% were females.
A 2014 estimate had the racial makeup of the borough as 78.9% Non-Hispanic White, 5.6% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American and Alaska Native, 11.5% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.8% Some other race, and 2.2% two or more races. Of the 12,610 households, 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 18.2% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 75.6% were non-families.
Other notable employers include the Federal Government (448 employees), YMCA (437 employees), Wegmans (420 employees), Accu Weather (370 employees), Mc Donald's (298 employees), Minitab (279 employees), Giant Food Stores (251 employees), Sheetz (237 employees), Raytheon (228 employees), Darden Restaurants (200 employees), Penn State Hershey Medical Group (190 employees), State College Borough Government (189 employees) and Centre Area Transportation Authority (178 employees).
Streets are closed off and lined with booths where people can buy paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other hand-made goods.