Local Atmosphere

Huntingdon, PA
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is very calm but there is some tension between the school community and the town community.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in regard to students is rather welcoming and supports the harsh transition from high school to college, especially for students who are moving away from their parents for this educational pursuit.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Although the town is small and run down, there are many hidden gems

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local community is very much connected with the college. Since Huntingdon is so small, it is inevitable that local residents interact with college students, and their relationships are very friendly and neighbor-like. The physical appearance of the area is outstanding with the Juniata river flowing directly through town. The surrounding mountains are beautiful and there are a lot of opportunities to explore the outdoors.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Huntingdon itself is sketchy, but the college is really nice not a lot of time is spent off campus by students.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

If Huntingdon shares one—and only one—quality with New York City, it's this: After you live there a while, not much will surprise you. Whether it's flooding from a hurricane or having a town-wide trash and treasure hunt in the streets, Huntingdon has a personality all its own, and students and residents alike get used to the beauties and the oddities it willingly and often provides. Love it or hate it, the town has atmosphere. But students' reactions to this atmosphere differ. While Juniata wouldn't be Juniata without Huntingdon, that doesn't mean students don't get claustrophobic sometimes. Huntingdon has many charms, but it also has its drawbacks. The town is somewhat economically depressed and rather isolated, and it's small, small, small. However, students can usually get what they need from Giant or the various shops around town.

Some of Huntingdon's perks are that it's safe, friendly, and full of home-owned stores, including "specialty shops" and a few cozy, character-laden diners and restaurants. Route 22 has fast food and clothing stores, and students make Sheetz a regular pit stop. Few find the town's smallness oppressive enough to leave. Instead, most adjust to the rural surroundings and learn to spot the treasures of small-town life. Huntingdon has a lot of character and friendly residents; if you have a sense of humor (and a car), odds are you'll learn to love it.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Herbie," the star of the 1969 movie "The Love Bug," can be found at the Swigart Museum, three miles east of Huntingdon.
  2. Juniata hosted one of the largest Monopoly games ever played. The board was laid out on the streets and sidewalks of Huntingdon and Juniata. Players cast huge foam dice from the third floor of a building and were informed of their moves via walkie-talkie and messengers on bicycles.
  3. Raystown Lake is a central, not-quite-natural highlight of the area. The lake is manmade and located less than half an hour from campus. Students go there not only to relax, but also to work and research at the College's new field station.
  4. The Peace Chapel, a popular walking destination for students and residents, was designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It has both a public and private area, and is meant to evoke the different aspects of spirituality for people of any faith. The Peace Chapel is used for everything from personal meditation and worship to weddings and College and community events.
  5. Downtown Huntingdon is home to all sorts of unique shops and restaurants that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. There's a tree that literally grows in the middle of Africa Street, with the town paved around it. There's also the Standing Stone monument downtown, a reminder of the area's Native American heritage.
Local Slang
  • Needs fixed; Needs washed: It's typical Central Pennsylvania-ese to leave out the verb "to be."
  • Redd up: To clean up a room; make ready
Points of Interest
  • The cliffs
  • Hawn’s Overlook
  • Indian Caverns
  • Lincoln Caverns
  • The Peace Chapel
  • Raystown Lake
  • The Standing Stone
Shopping Centers
Logan Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Clifton 5
717 Washington St.
(814) 643-3310
Major Sports Teams
Altoona Curve: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Philadelphia: : 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
In 2009, Budget Travel Magazine named Huntingdon as the "Coolest Small Town in Pennsylvania" and no. 5 on its list of "Coolest Small Towns in America."

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 30 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 31 responses

  • 32% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 65% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% 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 31 responses

  • 32% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 50% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% Totally.


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