Local Atmosphere

Meadville, PA
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There really isn't much to do around town, so it can get kind of boring and monotonous sometimes. However, there are usually campus events that attract a bunch of students, so it's not completely terrible.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I come from a big city so Meadville is way too small for me to consider living afterwards.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are not many businesses in town and so it is lacking in being able to get items that you need other than at Walmart. The local restaurants are amazing however and I do love the sense of community.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Meadville is a very, very, very small town. You have to drive a long way to get to "civilization." But, this makes the students so much closer because everyone is together on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small town atmosphere but near Erie and Pittsburgh if you need to get to a city.


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Meadville is no cultural metropolis, but, in the midst of an agrarian land, there are local delights for everyone. First off, Meadville is old. Also, Meadville doesn't have "mead" in its name just for kicks and giggles ("mead" meaning "honey wine"); downtown bars are everywhere and very popular with students at night. At first glance, Meadville is nothing but a strip of fast food restaurants, a rundown movie theater, and a bowling alley. For many students, this either means that they have to find a way to entertain themselves, or they spend their weekends in despair (or in Erie). Erie is only a half-hour away and has about every store you could possibly think of, as well as clubs and a gigantic movie theater. If weather permits, there is also the lake.

Once you take the time to get to know Meadville, however, you come to realize how much there really is to do. There are many little independently-owned restaurants and shops that not only make up for the lack of big-name corporate businesses, but also give Meadville a kind of small-town charm. For nature lovers, there are several big parks where you can go bike riding, hiking, swimming, or camping. Meadville is not nearly as limited as it seems. The problem is that stores in Meadville are very spread out and not well advertised. With that in mind, students coming to Allegheny should take time to get to know the area. Drive around, and don’t be afraid to walk into little, obscure shops just to see what they’re all about. Ask people from Meadville about the restaurants they prefer. The sooner you discover the little secrets of the town, the sooner you will enjoy, or at least tolerate, living in Meadville.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Talon developed the "hookless fastener" in Meadville, which was later named the zipper by Goodyear.
  2. Meadville is home to the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum.
  3. French Creek runs through Meadville and is home to some unique ecological systems.
  4. Dad's Pet Food is operated in Meadville, and the town sometimes smells like dog food.
  5. The Meadville Market House was built in 1870 and is the oldest market house still in use in the state. It is a place for local farmers and artisans to sell their produce, baked goods, and crafts.
Notable Natives
  • Henry Baldwin - former Supreme Court justice
  • Raymond Shafer - former governor of Pennsylvania
  • Sharon Stone - actress
  • Ida Tarbell - iconic muckraker, investigative reporter
Local Slang
  • Not using "to be": We often leave out the verb "to be," as if it were somehow implied. For example: "This car needs cleaned."
  • Pop: Another name for soda
Points of Interest
  • Baldwin-Reynolds House and Museum
  • Colonel Crawford Park
  • Conneaut Lake Park
  • Diamond Square
  • French Creek
  • The Market House
  • Meadville Area Recreation Complex
  • Pymatuning State Park
  • Woodcock Lake
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Mall
  • Millcreek Mall (Erie)
Movie Theaters
Academy Theatre
275 Chestnut St.
(814) 337-8211
Movie Theaters
Cinema Tinseltown
1910 Rotunda Dr.
(814) 866-3444
Movie Theaters
The Movies At Meadville
11185 Perry Hwy
(814) 333-2727
Movie Theaters
Park Avenue Cinema
960 Park Ave.
(814) 337-FILM
Major Sports Teams
  • Erie Otters: Junior hockey
  • Erie Seawolves: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Buffalo: NY: 2 hours
  • Cleveland: OH: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Erie: PA: 30 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 51 responses

  • 33% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 59% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 50 responses

  • 42% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 50 responses

  • 70% No way.
  • 28% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 2% Totally.



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