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Friendly, Vibrant: Indiana, Pa.

About the Indiana Community

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is located in the town of Indiana in western Pennsylvania, fifty-five miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Indiana rests in the foothills of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. It offers the best of small town and city life. With a population of 35,000, Indiana and its neighboring small towns are quiet and picturesque, and several nearby natural areas and state parks provide opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, and fishing. The Indiana area is rich in culture from its history of energy resources. The economy is based on energy, health care, education, finance, and other service industries.

Vista of Indiana, Pa.

Its Commerce

Indiana is home to such publicly traded companies as S&T Bancorp, Inc.; First Commonwealth Financial Corp.; and Superior Well Services, Inc., as well as the nation’s largest privately owned drilling company, S.W. Jack Drilling Company. It is known to tourists as the birthplace of late actor Jimmy Stewart (and for hosting the annual It’s a Wonderful Life festival in Stewart’s honor). It is also often referred to as “the Christmas Tree Capital of the World” for the numerous tree farms that dot the surrounding hills.

Something for Everyone

The IUP campus hosts more than two hundred cultural and entertainment events each year. Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous Fallingwater is a ninety-minute car trip from IUP, near some of the best whitewater rafting in the region. Nearby Pittsburgh offers students opportunities to enjoy all that a large American city has to offer.

Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Visit Pittsburgh’s Strip District, with its bustling, open-air warehouse food markets. Stop by one of Pittsburgh’s many Bohemian coffee shops or dine at its fine ethnic restaurants. Spend an afternoon in internationally known art museums, including the Carnegie Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the John Heinz Museum of Regional History. Take in a concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony or an evening of jazz at one of the many clubs. Enjoy collegiate and national sports—the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Penguins. The city is also home to the National Aviary, featuring a collection of more than five hundred birds from around the world, many of them endangered. Pittsburgh is a cosmopolitan city that retains its multicultural heritage.

Things to Do in Indiana

  • Enjoy 280 beautiful acres of woods and fields at the Co-op Park, a recreational area owned by IUP and located only a few miles from campus. The park features a picnic pavilion, a fishing pond, two softball fields, a sand volleyball court, a two-and-a-half mile fitness par course, a nearby walk-in tent campsite, and other facilities.
  • In the summer, throw discs at the eighteen-hole disc golf course and, in winter, rent equipment from IUP Campus Recreation Services to go sledding, tubing, or tobogganing on the range.
  • The warm, rustic College Lodge and Ski Hut can also be rented for dances, parties, and dinners. The park is connected by ten miles of hiking and walking trails to White’s Woods Nature Center.
  • Attend performances by famous artists on campus throughout the academic year.
  • Head downtown and discover a collection of eclectic stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and historic buildings and churches.
  • Enjoy skiing at nearby slopes in the winter.
  • Find a calendar of community events, a list of things to do in Indiana County, and more on the Indiana County Tourist Bureau website.
  • View a video from the Indiana County Tourist Bureau that highlight all that Indiana County has to offer, including historic sites, shopping, recreation, and more.