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State of Pennsylvania

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Nicknames Keystone State
Quaker State
Coal State
Oil State
State of Independence
Motto Virtue, Liberty
and Independence
Spoken languages English 91.6%
Spanish 3.1%
Pennsylvania Dutch
Demonym Pennsylvanian
Capital Harrisburg
Largest city Philadelphia
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)
Website http://www.pa.gov

State Symbols

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TreeHemlock
BirdRuffed grouse
FlowerMountain Laurel
InsectPennsylvania Firefly
AnimalWhite-tailed deer
DogGreat Dane
FishBrook Trout
Fossilthe trilobite
BeverageMilk
SongPennsylvania
DancePolka
ToySlinky
ShipUnited States Brig Niagara
Electric
locomotive
Pennsylvania Railroad
GG1 #4849 Locomotive
Steam
locomotive
Pennsylvania Railroad
K4s Locomotive
Beautification
plant
Crown vetch
SoilHazleton

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 Joke

Ellie: 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!

Theme Elements

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!

Members

Now, time for a quick shout out to everyone on Atlas Quest from this state!

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Letterboxing Cities

And, here are all of the cities in Pennsylvania we've hit with letterboxes!

State Mysteries (260) Berks County (13) Bradford County Bucks County (65) Carbon County (4) Centre County Chester County (15) Clarion County Clinton County (4) Cumberland County (5) Dauphin County (13) Delaware County (11) Franklin County (2) Juniata County Lancaster County (13) Lawrence County Lebanon County (36) Lehigh County (13) Luzerne County Mercer County Mifflin County (2) Monroe County (4) Montgomery County (31) Northampton County (9) Perry County (5) Philadelphia County (3) Pike County (3) Potter County (2) Schuylkill County (10) Sullivan County Tioga County Warren County (2) Wayne County (2) Wyoming County York County (15) Abington (3) Academia Adamstown (3) Albrightsville Alburtis (22) Aliquippa (4) Allentown (119) Altoona (23) Alum Bank Ambler (2) Analomink Andreas (3) Angelica Annville (21) Ansonia (2) Antique Row Apollo (3) Applebachsville (11) Archbald (2) Arendtsville (2) Ashland (3) Atglen Athens (9) Auburn Audubon Austin (2) Avondale Bangor Barnesville (4) Bath Bear Creek Bear Gap (2) Beartown Beaver (2) Beaver Falls (13) Beaver Valley Bedford (3) Bellefonte (12) Belleville Bensalem (16) Bentley Creek Bernville (4) Berwick Bethel (2) Bethel Park Bethlehem Bethlehem (14) Biglerville (13) Birdsboro (19) Blacklick Blackwell Blain (4) Blairsville (3) Blairsville Blakeslee (4) Blooming Grove Blue Ball Blue Bell (3) Boalsburg (7) Boiling Springs (9) Bowers Bowmansdale (4) Bowmanstown (2) Boyertown (3) Brackenridge Brackney (4) Bradford Breezewood Breinigsville Brentwood Brickerville (15) Bridge Valley Brighton (4) Brinkerton Bristol (5) Broomall (3) Bryn Mawr (7) Buckingham (2) Bucktoe (2) Buena Vista Bushkill (9) California (2) Cammal (2) Camp Hill (3) Campbelltown Canadensis Canoe Creek Canton Carlisle (43) Carroll Catasauqua (2) Catawissa Cementon (4) Center City (3) Center Valley (9) Central Centralia Cetronia (2) Chadds Ford (3) Chalfont (2) Chambersburg (8) Charleroi Charlestown Chester Chester Springs (4) Chestnut Hill (2) Churchtown Churchville Clarendon (3) Clarion (2) Claysville Clearfield (3) Cleona Clyde Coaldale Coatesville (19) Coburn (2) Cochranville Codorus Township Cogan Station Cold Run (6) Colebrook (33) Collegeville (9) Colmar (2) Columbia (8) Cooksburg (5) Coopersburg Coplay (2) Cornwall (11) Corry Coudersport (3) Cranberry Cranberry Cranberry Township (2) Creamery Crown Dallastown (2) Danielsville Danville Dauphin (11) Deer Lake Delaware Water Gap (7) Denver (13) Devault (4) Dillsburg (59) Dimock Dingmans Ferry (11) Dormont Dorseyville Douglassville (2) Dover (4) Downingtown (5) Doylestown (116) Drumore (4) Drums (2) Dubois Duboistown Duncannon (12) Dushore Eagle (2) Eagles Mere (8) Eagleville East Berlin (2) East Coventry East Earl East Hanover (4) East Hanover (3) East Hanover Township East Manchester East Pennsboro Twp East Petersburg East Texas East Vandergrift East Whiteland Easton (17) Eckville (4) Edenburg (2) Edinboro (3) Egypt (5) Eighty Four (2) Elephant (6) Elimsport Elizabethtown (15) Elizabethville Ellwood City (2) Elverson (42) Elysburg (8) Emigsville (2) Emlenton (3) Emmaus (50) Enola (4) Enon Valley Entriken (2) Ephrata (6) Equinunk (5) Erbs Mill Erie (38) Erwinna (10) Essington Exton (4) Fairfield Fairmount Park Fairview Falls Township Farmington Fayetteville Fayetteville (6) Feasterville-Trevose Felton (3) Ferndale (3) Fisherdale Fishertown (2) Fisherville Fishtown Fivepointville Flourtown (3) Fogelsville Fombell (15) Ford City Forest Hills (2) Forest Lake Forksville (3) Fort Indiantown Gap (17) Fort Loudon Fort Loudon Fort Washington (5) Fountain Hill (6) Fox Chapel Franconia (7) Frankfort Springs Franklin Forks (5) Freeport (2) Friedens Somerset Area Friendsville Gallitzin Gardners (6) Gardners (4) Garnet Valley (4) Geigertown Germans Germansville (5) Gettysburg (24) Gibraltar Gibsonia (2) Girard (2) Gladwyne Glen Mills (8) Glen Rock (9) Glenmoore (6) Glenside (2) Gouldsboro Graceton Grantville (18) Grantville (53) Great Bend (6) Green Hills Green Lane (69) Greencastle (2) Greene Greensburg (10) Greentown (15) Greenville Greenwood Furnace Halifax (6) Hallam Hamburg (20) Haneyville (3) Hanover (33) Harborcreek Harlem Harmony (6) Harrisburg (140) Harrisville Harrow (9) Hatfield Haverford Havertown (8) Hawley (3) Haycock Run Haycock Township (10) Hazleton (2) Helen Furnace Hellertown (2) Hendersonville Hepburnville (2) Hermitage (7) Hershey (24) Heshbon Hetlerville Hickory Run (18) Highspire (2) Hillsgrove (5) Hilltown (2) Hollidaysburg (3) Holtwood (4) Homer City Honesdale Hookstown (10) Hopewell Twp (7) Horsham (13) Howard (4) Hughesville (3) Hummelstown (62) Hunlock Creek Huntingdon (3) Huntingdon Valley (4) Hyde Park (2) Hynemansville Hyner (2) Independence Twp Indian Mountain Lake (5) Indiana (5) Ingleby Intercourse Irwin Twp Jacobus (30) Jamison Jenkintown (2) Jersey Shore (2) Jim Thorpe (6) Johnstown (2) Jonestown (10) Jonestown (14) Jordan Hollow Kane (10) Kemblesville (3) Kempton (3) Kempton Kennett Square (2) King of Prussia King of Prussia (17) Kintnersville (2) Kinzers (2) Kirby Kleinfeltersville (8) Knox (3) Kratz Kresgeville Kutztown (5) Lackawana Lafayette Hill (2) Lahaska Lake Ariel (10) Lancaster (21) Landenberg (2) Lanesboro (7) Langhorne (7) Lansdale (7) Lansford (3) Laporte (2) Laurys Station Lawn (4) Lawnton Swatara Township Leather Corner Post Lebanon (82) Lederach Lehigh Valley (12) Lehighton Lemont (4) Lemoyne Lenhartsville (11) Lenoxville Leola Leonardsville Levittown (3) Lewisberry (3) Lewisburg (14) Lewistown Lickdale (36) Limerick (2) Limestoneville Linesville Linglestown (14) Linwood Lititz (9) Liverpool Lock Haven Loganville London Long Pond (2) Longswamp Township (3) Lower Gwynedd (9) Lower Macungie (2) Lower Nazareth Lower Paxton Lykens (4) Macungie (12) Maiden Creek (2) Malvern Malvern (11) Manchester Manheim Manheim Township Manns Choice Mansfield (3) Marietta Martins Creek (2) Marysville (2) Masthope Matamoras (3) Maytown Mcalevys Fort (18) McCandless Township Mcconnells Mill McElhattan Meadville Mechanicsburg (21) Media (3) Media (4) Media (54) Mercer Mertztown (4) Middle Smithfield Middletown (10) Mifflinville Milesburg (2) Milford (14) Milford Square Mill Run (2) Mill Village Millers (3) Millersburg (2) Milroy (3) Mineral Point Minersville (2) Mocanaqua Mohnton Mohrsville (2) Mont Clare Montgomery Montoursville (3) Montrose (6) Moon Moosic Morgantown (4) Moscow Mount Gretna (14) Mount Holly Springs (4) Mount Joy (4) Mount Lebanon Mount Rock Mt Carmel Mt Lebanon (4) Mt Pleasant Muncy (2) Muncy Valley Munhall Murrysville (5) Nanty Glo (3) Narvon (2) Natalie (2) Nazareth (6) Neffs Neffsville Nesquehoning (2) New Baltimore New Bloomfield New Britain (7) New Buffalo (2) New Castle (11) New Freedom (3) New Holland New Hope (15) New Oxford New Paris New Tripoli New Wilmington (2) Newmanstown Newport (8) Newtown (42) Newville (5) Norristown (4) North East (5) North Lebanon (3) North Philadelphia (5) North Sewickley North Wales (2) Northampton (2) Northumberland Northwest Philadelphia (2) Nottingham (2) Nuangola Oakland Oakmont Ohiopyle Orangeville Orefield Orrtanna (3) Ottsville (2) Oxford (2) Palm Palmerton (3) Palmyra (28) Paradise Paxtang Pen Argyl Penbrook Penfield (7) Pennsdale Perkasie (54) Perkiomen Junction (2) Perkiomen Place (3) Perkiomenville (3) Philadelphia Philadelphia (71) Philipsburg Phoenixville (14) Phoenixville (3) Picture Rocks (4) Pine Grove (8) Pine Grove Mills (5) Pine Swamp (2) Pipersville Pittsburgh (6) Pittsburgh (54) Pittston (2) Plainfield Plymouth Meeting Point Pleasant (5) Port Clinton (2) Portersville (12) Potters Mills Pottstown (2) Pottstown (7) Pottsville (3) Powell Promised Land (2) Pughtown Punxsutawney Quakertown (11) Quarryville (3) Raberts Corner Railroad (4) Rauchtown (2) Reading (51) Reading Station Reamstown Rector Red Hill (2) Red Lion (2) Red Rock (2) Reevesdale Richland Center Richlandtown (2) Ridgway Robesonia Rockland Roemersville Ronks (3) Rossville Royalton Royersford (2) Rummerfield Sadsbury Sadsburyville Safe Harbor Saint Marys (2) Salford (2) Sarver (2) Sayre (3) Scarlets Mill (2) Schellsburg (13) Scherersville Schnecksville (59) Schuylkill Haven Schwenksville (6) Scotrun Scott Scranton (13) Sellersville Seven Springs Seven Valleys (3) Sewickley (3) Shade Gap Shaler Twp (3) Shamokin Dam Shanksville Sharon (3) Shartlesville (2) Shavertown (3) Shawnee On Delaware (3) Shillington (3) Shippenville (7) Shoemakersville Shohola Shrewsbury (2) Shrewsbury (5) Sinnamahoning Sinnemahoning (9) Skippack (3) Skytop (2) Slate Run Slatedale (2) Slatington (3) Slickville Slippery Rock Snow Shoe (2) Snyders Somerset (7) Sonestown (2) Souderton (9) South Lebanon (4) South Mountain (2) South Park Township Southampton (2) Southeast Spring City Spring Grove (2) Spring Mount (2) Springdell Springfield (3) Springtown Spry (3) Stalker Starrucca State College (40) State Line Stevens (2) Stewartstown Stockertown Stormstown (22) Stoystown (2) Strasburg Suedberg (5) Suedburg (8) Summerdale Susquehanna (2) Tamaqua (4) Tannersville (4) Tarentum (4) Telford Telford (2) Terre Hill Thomasville Tidioute Tioga Tionesta (3) Titusville (2) Tobyhanna (2) Township of West Bradford (3) Trappe (2) Trexlertown (3) Trout Run Troy (11) Trumbauersville (2) Trythall (4) Tullytown (2) Tyrone (3) Tyrone Uhlerstown Union City Uniontown University Park (34) Upper Black Eddy (10) Upper Macungie Utica Valley Forge Valley Forge (8) Valley View Varden (3) Venango Vera Cruz (3) Vintondale (2) Virginville Volant Wagontown (6) Wallingford Wanamakers (2) Wapwallopen (2) Warfordsburg Warminster (7) Warren (4) Warwick (4) Warwick Washington Washington Crossing Washington Crossing (2) Water Street (2) Waterford (17) Waterville (11) Wayne (12) Waynesboro (4) Weissport Wellsboro (8) Wellsville (5) Wernersville (8) West Chester (14) West Finley West Goshen (4) West Grove (2) West Hanover (14) West Lawn West Middlesex (3) West Mount Airy West Mt Airy West Newton West Nottingham West Philadelphia (4) West Pittston (4) Westport (5) Westtown (2) White Haven (12) Whitehall (7) Wilkes-Barre Williams Grove Williamsburg (7) Williamsport (19) Willow Grove (6) Windsor (3) Womelsdorf Woodchoppertown Woodland Woolrich (5) Worcester Wrightstown Wrightsville (13) Wyalusing (2) Wyncote Wynnewood (4) Wyoming (4) Wyomissing (6) Wysox (2) Yardley Yeadon Yoe York (28) York Furnace Zelienople (16) Zieglersville Zionsville
Total Letterboxes: 4,562
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