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Pennsylvania Facts

  • U.S. State Name: Pennsylvania
  • U.S. State Abbreviation: PA
  • U.S. Region: Northeastern United States
  • Admission to the Union: December 12th, 1787
  • Total Area: 46,054 sq. mi.
  • Total Population: 13,002,700 (2020 USCB)
  • Capital City: Harrisburg, PA
  • Largest City: Philadelphia, PA

33 Pennsylvania Facts

  1. Pennsylvania is one of the 50 states of the United States of America.
  2. Pennsylvania was the 2nd state to join the United States on December 12, 1787.
  3. Pennsylvania is in the northeastern region of the United States.
  4. Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest U.S. state, covering a total of 46,054.34 square miles or 1.21% of the total area of the United States.
  5. Pennsylvania's 46,054.34 square miles is 97.15% land and 2.85% surface water.
  6. Pennsylvania is ranked 33rd with the most land area in the United States, with 44,742.70 square miles of land area.
  7. Pennsylvania is ranked 28th with the most water area in the United States, with 1,311.64 square miles of water area.
  8. Pennsylvania is the 5th most populated U.S. state with a population of 13,002,700 or 3.93% of the total population of the United States.
  9. The state capital of Pennsylvania is the city of Harrisburg.
  10. Pennsylvania is divided into 67 counties statewide.
  11. Philadelphia County is the most populated county in Pennsylvania
  12. The most populated city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia with an estimated 1,587,828 residents.
  13. The five most populated city in Pennsylvania are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie and Reading.
  14. A native or resident Pennsylvania is called a Pennsylvanian.
  15. Pennsylvania's average elevation statewide is 1,100 feet.
  16. Pennsylvania's highest elevation point is Mount Davis at 3,213 feet.
  17. Pennsylvania's lowest elevation point is the Delaware River at 0 feet.
  18. Pennsylvania is all in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  19. The two letter abbreviation for Pennsylvania is PA.
  20. The ISO 3166 code for Pennsylvania is US-PA.
  21. Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State.
  22. The estimated median household income in Pennsylvania is $63,463.
  23. Pennsylvania is the 34th most expensive U.S. state to buy a home with an estimated median home price of $194,603.
  24. Pennsylvania is ranked 19th on the cost of living index out of all 50 U.S. states.
  25. Pennsylvania has the 8th oldest population in the United States with a median age of 40.9.
  26. Pennsylvania's average temperature is 49.80°F making it the 31st warmest state in the United States.
  27. Pennsylvania on average has 42.77 inches of precipitation per year, making it the 22nd wettest U.S. state.
  28. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was 111 °F on Friday, July 10, 1936, in Phoenixville, PA.
  29. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was -42 °F on Tuesday, January 5, 1904, in Smethport, PA.
  30. Pennsylvania's official state motto is "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" .
  31. Pennsylvania's official state bird is the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus).
  32. Pennsylvania's official state tree is the Eastern Hemlock (Bonasa umbellus).
  33. Pennsylvania's official state flower is the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).

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Pennsylvania on a Map of the United States of America

The state of Pennsylvania and its regional area on a Map of the United States of America.

The Official State Flag of Pennsylvania

The official state flag of Pennsylvania waving in the wind on a flag pole.

The Official State Seal of Pennsylvania

The official state seal of Pennsylvania that is used by the state's government.

Harrisburg the state capital of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg the capital city of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

Ghettysburg National Military Park

Ghettysburg National Military Park


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