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General Facts

For Pennsylvania

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Medium Household Income: $ 38,896
Income (w/ Children): $ 56,267
Population: 12,001,451
Land Area: 44,820 Square Miles
Population Density: 268 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Keystone State
Capital: Harrisburg
Date of Statehood: December 12, 1787
State Bird: Rugged Grouse
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
State Tree: Hemlock

 

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, one of the Middle Atlantic states, and one of the 13 original states of the United States. It entered the Union on December 12, 1787, making it second after Delaware. Pennsylvania means "Penn’s woodland." It was named in honor of Admiral William Penn, whose son, William Penn, founded the colony as a haven for members of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, and other religious minorities in 1682. The state is known as the Quaker State, and is also referred to as the Keystone State. This term was apparently first used because of the state’s political importance, though it is also appropriate because of its location in the middle of the 13 original states. With six states to the north and six to the south, Pennsylvania was the keystone in an arch of states. Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is its largest city.

One of Pennsylvania’s outstanding characteristics is its great diversity. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Berks, Lancaster, York, and Chester counties contain some particularly fertile soils. Dairy products, poultry and poultry products, cattle, nursery and greenhouse products, and grains are especially valuable. Central and northern Pennsylvania contains extensive areas of commercial forest. The state continues to be an important industrial state, though there has been a dramatic shift to service-based employment. Especially in western Pennsylvania, many smaller communities as well as Pittsburgh are no longer the flourishing centers of manufacturing that they once were.

Such national shrines as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg are in the state and are constant reminders of Pennsylvania’s importance in the history of the United States.

Pennsylvania is relatively small, ranking 33rd among the states in size. It has an area of 45,759 square miles, including 190 square miles of inland waters and the 749 square miles of Lake Erie over which it has jurisdiction. At its maximum, Pennsylvania measures 312 miles from east to west and 58 miles from north to south. It is bounded on the north by New York and Lake Erie; on the east by New York and New Jersey; on the south by Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia; and on the west by West Virginia and Ohio.

Because of the prevailing westerly winds that sweep weather systems eastward from the interior of the continent, the Atlantic Ocean has a relatively small effect on Pennsylvania’s climate. The state has climates that are generally known as humid continental. There are distinct seasonal variations and an abundance of rainfall.

Although average temperatures in the north are cooler than those in the south, altitude is particularly important in accounting for climatic variations. The state’s lowland climatic region changes into the upland climatic region at an elevation of about 1000 feet.

Lowland Pennsylvania includes the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the low-lying hills of the southeast, the valleys of the Ridge and Valley, and the river valleys converging on Pittsburgh. These areas have comparatively long summers and mild winters, with growing seasons ranging from five to seven months and mean annual temperatures ranging from about 54° F at Philadelphia to about 50° F in the central valleys.

Upland Pennsylvania includes the higher ridges of the Ridge and Valley and most of the Allegheny Plateaus. Summers are short and winters are comparatively severe. The growing season is commonly no more than three to four months long, and the mean annual temperature ranges from about 44° to 49° F).

A third type of climate is prevalent in a small area near Lake Erie. The climate there is influenced by the presence of the lake, which is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the surrounding land. Consequently, the city of Erie has a growing season almost as long as that of Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania, in sharp contrast to the land between. Summers around Erie are long but relatively cool, with a July mean of 66° F. Winters are comparatively short and not nearly as severe as those farther inland. Erie’s January mean is 28° F.

Rainfall averages42 inches a year, ranging from about 36 inches in the southwest to 50 inches and more at higher elevations in the Allegheny and Pocono mountains. Rainfall is heaviest during spring and summer, when it is most needed for growing crops. Snowfall is fairly heavy throughout much of the Allegheny Plateaus, and snow remains on the ground for most of the winter.