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( The Keystone State )
Pennsylvania Map Although Swedes and Dutch were the first European settlers, William Penn, a Quaker, named Pennsylvania in honor of his father by combining the name Penn and the Latin term sylvania, which translates as "woodlands", to come up with "Penn's woodlands." Pennsylvania was the second of the original 13 states of the Union (1787). Today, two major cities dominate the state - Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and a thriving metropolitan area, and Pittsburgh, a busy inland river port. Pennsylvania is one of the nation's most historic states. Philadelphia is often called the cradle of the American Nation. It was here that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drawn up by the founding fathers. The Pocono Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap provide popular recreational activities. The Pennsylvania Dutch region in south-central Pennsylvania is another favorite of sightseers. Some Pennsylvania Dutch groups, including the Amish and the Mennonites, are called the Plain People; they live and dress as their ancestors did, with no modern conveniences. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Pennsylvania include: Stan Musial, Richard Gere, Seth Green, Robert Stevenson,

The Flag of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania state flag Ratified the Constitution on 1787 as the second State; flag adopted in 1907. The coat of arms incorporates a ship for commerce and a plow and wheat sheaves for agriculture. Draft horses, the American eagle, and the State motto complete the design.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Philadelphia, 1,517,550; Pittsburgh, 334,563; Allentown, 106,632; Erie, 103,717; Upper Darby township (Delaware County), 81,821; Reading, 81,207; Scranton, 76,415; Bethlehem, 71,329; Lower Merion township (Montgomery County), 59,850; Bensalem township (Bucks County), 58,434
Business and Trade in Pennsylvania
Agriculture: Dairy products, poultry, cattle, nursery stock, mushrooms, hogs, hay.

Industries: Food processing, chemical products, machinery, electric equipment, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Ruffed Grouse
  • Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • Tree: Eastern Hemlock
  • Song(s): Pennsylvania
  • Motto: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence

Pennsylvania Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Allegheny National Fish Hatchery - Warren
Shenango River Lake - Hermitage
The African American Museum in Philadelphia - Philadelphia
Prompton Lake - Prompton
Lock And Dam 4 - Allegheny River - Natrona
capital  Capital: Harrisburg

statehood  Statehood: 1787-12-12

population  Population:
12,281,054 (274 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 46,055.24
    Water 1,238.63
    Land 44,816.61
    Rank 32rd Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, West Virginia

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In Pennsylvania, there are 5,249,750 housing units, averaging to 117.1 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Philadelphia Magazine
Posters and Artwork
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Photographic Print 16" x 12"
Pennsylvania Station Waiting Room, New York City
Art Print 13" x 18"
Under Statue of William Penn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photographic Print 12" x 16"
Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Art Print 18" x 13"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 8"
Railroad Bridge, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 8"

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