Oh, my dear Mormon friends...someone at the Mormon Times was clearly not paying attention to my blog, as I have time after time given examples of why Pennsylvania is such a great place to live. But alas, you don't have to take my word for it, because now it's official:
The book "Best Places to Raise an LDS Family" ranks State College, Pennsylvania as the #1 PLACE to raise an LDS Family Outside of Utah!
Again...no surprise there! We actually live an hour east of State College now, but we did live in State College for two years of our marriage and that is where my first two children were born...In a hospital over-looking Penn State's Beaver Stadium...and a field of sheep!
To determine the best places to raise an LDS family, they looked at data that generally fell into seven categories: LDS Culture, Education, Crime, Economic Environment, Health, Household Characteristics, and Housing.
Pennsylvania is a peaceful, beautiful place. Things are simpler here, calmer, more real. People work hard and know how to have good clean fun. People are helpful, good neighbors, kind, generous, faithful, and they care about their communities. And they love children here. They love families. When I am out and about with my children, people are so supportive and kind. If you are raising children, this is THE ideal place. I wasn't sure how I'd like it here long-term when we first moved here, but I didn't have children yet then, and I had moved to State College straight from Washington, DC, so it was a bit of a huge change of pace for me. But now that we have a family, our needs are different, and this place, these people bring us a lot of joy.
Right now, we are waiting to hear the latest developments on our promised Temple in Philadelphia, PA...the first temple to come to our state. I hear things...like the temple might end up coming a lot closer to us than Philly, but we'll just have to see about that...
Seriously people...what more proof do you need? Move here...now...there's an open lot right next to mine just waiting to be built on. We could be neighbors! :)
You can read the rest of the rankings here.