Pennsylvania Facts

Pennsylvania Facts
Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. See the fact file below for more information about Pennsylvania.
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Became a State
December 12,1797

middle Atlantic United States

46,055 sq. miles (33rd)

12,702,379 (6th)

Major Cities
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Altoona, Harrisburg

coal, mushrooms, Christmas trees, layer chickens, nursery, sod, milk, corn for silage, grapes, horses, wine

variety of climate, humid continental to humid subtropical – warm to markedly colder as state straddles two major climate zones

Yearly Precipitation
averages 40 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball)
Philadelphia Eagles (National Football League)
Pittsburgh Steelers (National Football League)
Philadelphia 76es (National Basketball Association)
Philadelphia Flyers (National Hockey League)
Pittsburgh Penguins (National Hockey League)

Major Waterways
Lake Erie, Allegheny River, Susquehanna River, Delaware river, Ohio River

Most Famous Citizens
Robert Peary (explorer)
Mary Roberts Rinehart (author)
Betsy Ross (flag maker)
James Buchanan (U.S. President)
Louisa May Alcott (author)
Daniel Boone (frontiersman)
Alexander Calder (sculptor)
Bill Cosby (actor)
Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey (band leaders)
Stephen Foster (composer)
Lee Iacocca (auto executive)
Reggie Jackson (baseball player)
Tara Lipinski (figure skater)
Arnold Palmer (golfer)
Grace Kelly (actress, Princess of Monaco)

State Symbols
Bird – Ruffed Grouse
Flower – Mountain Laurel
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – Eastern Hemlock
Insect – Firefly