The town that shares a name with Grove City College is one of the best places to live in the United States, according to a report published by USA Today.
Grove City, Pa., is the fifth best city to live in, 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website reported. They analyzed over two dozen measures – including cost of living, employment data, crime statistics, entertainment and others – gleaned from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI and other sources.
Grove City College has been an integral part of the community since it was founded and the bond between town and gown is deep and enduring.
“Our College is a special community where we consciously work to build and strengthen our life together. We’re blessed to be located in a town that shares our values and is a wonderful environment in which our mission can flourish,” College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 noted.
There would be no Grove City College without Grove City. Townsfolk put up the money to establish the school in 1876, helped build its first building, literally, with contributed labor and supplies, and when it became a College in 1884, it took on the town’s name.
Grove City ranks highly because it has “universally desirable” attributes, including safe streets, a strong economy, affordability, and a range of entertainment options, according to 24/7 Wall St. The town of about 8,100 is “one of the most affordable places to live in the country,” with goods and services costing about 80 percent of average prices across the country, a five-year 0.9 percent unemployment rate and easy access to Pittsburgh an hour south, 24/7 Wall St. reported.
West University Place, Texas, Beverly Hills, Calif., Pella, Iowa, and Montecito, Calif., came in ahead of Grove City, in that order, in 24/7 Wall St.’s ranking.