Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 46,055 sq miles; Land Only: 44,817 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone|
||Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, West Virginia|
|Highest Point||Mount Davis, 3,213 feet|
|State Population (2015)||12,802,503|
|State Population Density||285.7 people / square mile|
||215, 267, 272, 412, 445, 484, 570, 582, 610, 717, 724, 814, 835, 878|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Aircraft||Piper J-3 Cub|
|State Animal||White-tailed deer|
|State Beautification and Conservation Plant||Penngift crownvetch|
|State Dog||Great dane|
|State Electric Locomotive||GG1 4859|
|State Firearm||Pennsylvania long rifle|
|State Fish||Brook trout|
||Mountain laurel |
|State Fossil||Phacops rana|
|State Game Bird||Ruffed grouse|
|State Insect||Pennsylvania firefly|
||Virtue, Liberty, and Independence|
|State Ship||US Brig Niagara|
|State Steam Locomotive||K4s 1361 and K4s 3750|
|Major Sports Teams
||MLB: Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates|
NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers
NBA: Philadelphia 76ers
NHL: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
|NCAA Division I Schools
Bucknell University (Patriot)
Drexel University (Colonial Athletic Association)
Duquesne University (Atlantic 10)
La Salle University (Atlantic 10)
Lafayette College (Patriot)
Lehigh University (Patriot)
University of Pennsylvania (Ivy)
Pennsylvania State University (Big Ten)
University of Pittsburgh (ACC)
Robert Morris University (Northeast)
Saint Francis University (Northeast)
Saint Joseph's University (Atlantic 10)
Temple University (American Athletic)
Villanova University (Big East)
Pennsylvania Fun Facts
- Pennsylvania is named after William Penn's father, Admiral William Penn. William Penn was granted the land by British King Charles II. The word "Sylvania" means "land that is full of trees."
- Of the original Thirteen Colonies, Pennsylvania is the only state that does not border the Atlantic Ocean.
- Gulf Refining Co. opened America's first gas station on Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 1, 1913.
- Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is the Mushroom Capital of the World as mushroom farming in the region produces over a million pounds of mushrooms a week.
- ENIAC, the world's first all-purpose computer, was built in the University of Pennsylvania and launched on February 15, 1946.
- Every year, the Little League World Series is held in South Williamsport. Taiwan has won the most number of championships at 17.
- The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, opened in 1745 and is the oldest continuously operating bookshop in the United States, quite possibly the world.
- The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States.
- Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond on May 11, 1751, is the first hospital in the United States. It is also home to America's first medical library.
- The First stock exchange in the United States was founded in Philadelphia in 1790
- The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, established in 1881, is the first business school in the United States.
This page was last updated on August 23, 2016.