State of Pennsylvania
State of Independence
|Spoken languages||English 91.6%|
|Largest metro area||Delaware Valley|
|Area||Ranked 33rd in the US|
- Total 46,055 sq mi
- Width 280 miles
- Length 160 miles
- % water 2.7
|Population||- Total 12,702,379 (2010)|
Ranked 6th in the US
- Density 283.9/sq mi
Ranked 11th in the US
- Median income $48,562 (26th)
|Elevation||- Highest point:|
Mount Davis 3,213 ft
- Mean 1,099 ft
- Lowest point:
Delaware River 0 ft
|Before statehood||Province of Pennsylvania|
|Admission to Union||December 12, 1787 (2nd)|
|Ship||United States Brig Niagara|
GG1 #4849 Locomotive
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S state that is located in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to the east. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg, and Pennsylvania has 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles (92 km) of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary.
Silly JokeEllie: How long does it take to drive from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh?
Tom: About six hours.
Ellie: How long does it take to drive from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia?
Tom: The same time, silly.
Ellie: It's not so silly. Monday to Friday is longer than Friday to Monday!
If Pennsylvania is famous for one thing, it's the Philly Cheesestake. Just kidding... That's what Philly is famous for! But Pennsylvania is the setting for the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent at the little, unlikely town called Gettysburg. During the American Civil War, hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought and died during those three days, and you'll find monuments a plenty in recognition of the people who fought there. The photo in the lower-right corner of the page was taken during a visit while I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (which comes to within a dozen or so miles of the battlefield), and I tried to copy the pose of the statue with my hiking gear.
Pennsylvania also played a huge part during the American Revolution. Philadelphia was once the capitol of our little fledgling democracy, and what is now known as Independence Hall was where we voted for an independent country—with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's the photo in the lower left corner of the page—Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area!
The photo that spans the titlebar was provided by Ralph Spoilsport of the Susquehanna River. When I needed a photo, he was the first person I asked because he had already created his own Pennsylvania theme years before I got to the state myself! Clearly, such a big fan of Pennsylvania would have a lot of Pennsylvania photos readily available! There are certainly quite a few nice ones on his take for Pennsylvania!
Now, time for a quick shout out to everyone on Atlas Quest from this state!
And, here are all of the cities in Pennsylvania we've hit with letterboxes!