STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH

"For 40 years the little settlement around the State Agricultural School in Centre County had been 'the town that had no name.' About 1900 a controversy began over choosing a name for the town. 'McAllister,' 'Nittany' and 'Irvin' all were considere d as appropriately honoring prominent citizens, but the majority chose to continue calling the town after the college as had been done in the past. So it remained State College, and continues as such today. State College was incorporated from Colle ge Township on August 29, 1896.

(SOURCE: Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, (1961.)

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH CENSUS RECORDS

1900--1,218
1910--3,025
1920--5,603
1930--8,870
1940--12,918
1950--17,227
1960--22,409
1970--33,778
1980--36,130
1990--38,923
2000--38,420

(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Tax assessment records for State College Borough from 1897 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons wishing to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in t he Pennsylvania Room.

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Copyright 2001 by Robert L. Baker