Pennsylvania State Facts and History

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Pennsylvania Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Tom Wolf (Democrat)
  • Capital: Harrisburg
  • Population: 12,801,989
  • Land Area: 44,742.70 sq km
  • Water Area: 1,311.64 sq km
  • Total Area: 46,054.34 SQ KM
  • State Motto: “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”
  • Nickname: “Pennsylvania”
  • Electoral votes: 20
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 18 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Pennsylvania”
  • Date of Statehood: Dec. 12, 1787
  • Time Zone: Eastern (GMT − 5 hours)
  • Official Website of Pennsylvania:
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: PA
  • Origin of name: The name Pennsylvania was specified in the charter given to William Penn by England’s Charles II in 1680. The Latin Sylvania meaning “woodlands” was added to Penn to create “Penn’s woods.”

State Symbol of Pennsylvania

State AircraftPiper J-3 Cub
State AnimalWhite-tailed deer
State Beautification and Conservation PlantPenngift crownvetch
State BeverageMilk
State BirdRuffed grouse
State DogGreat dane
State Electric LocomotiveGG1 4859
State FirearmPennsylvania long rifle
State FishBrook trout
State FlowerMountain laurel
State FossilPhacops rana
State Game BirdRuffed grouse
State InsectPennsylvania firefly
State MottoVirtue, Liberty, and Independence
State NicknameKeystone State
State ShipUS Brig Niagara
State Song“Pennsylvania”
State Steam LocomotiveK4s 1361 and K4s 3750
State TreeHemlock

Sports Teams

  • MLB: Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NBA: Philadelphia 76ers
  • NHL: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • MLS: Philadelphia Union

College & Universities

Academy of Vocal ArtsPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Albright CollegePhiladelphia University
Allegheny CollegePittsburgh Theological Seminary
Alvernia UniversityPoint Park University
American College of Financial ServicesReconstructionist Rabbinical College
Arcadia UniversityReformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Baptist Bible College and Seminary of PennsylvaniaRobert Morris University
Biblical Theological SeminaryRosemont College
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaSaint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook
Bryn Athyn College of the New ChurchSaint Francis University
Bryn Mawr CollegeSaint Joseph’s University
Bucknell UniversitySaint Vincent College
Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and MethodiusSaint Vincent Seminary
Cabrini CollegeSalus University
Cairn University-LanghorneSeton Hill University
California University of PennsylvaniaShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Carlow UniversitySlippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon UniversityStrayer University-Pennsylvania
Cedar Crest CollegeSusquehanna University
Central Penn CollegeSwarthmore College
Chatham UniversityTalmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia
Chestnut Hill CollegeTemple University
Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaThe Art Institute of Philadelphia
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Curtis Institute of MusicThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division
DeSales UniversityThe Art Institutes of York-PA
DeVry University-PennsylvaniaThe Commonwealth Medical College
Delaware Valley UniversityThe Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
Dickinson CollegeThe Lincoln University
Drexel UniversityThe Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Duquesne UniversityThe University of the Arts
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaTheological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church
Eastern UniversityThiel College
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaThomas Jefferson University
Elizabethtown CollegeTrinity Episcopal School for Ministry
Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional StudiesUniversity of Pennsylvania
Evangelical Theological SeminaryUniversity of Phoenix-Pennsylvania
Franklin and Marshall CollegeUniversity of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Gannon UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
Geneva CollegeUniversity of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Gettysburg CollegeUniversity of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Gratz CollegeUniversity of Scranton
Grove City CollegeUniversity of Valley Forge
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityUniversity of the Sciences
Harrisburg University of Science and TechnologyUrsinus College
Haverford CollegeVillanova University
Holy Family UniversityWashington and Jefferson College
Hussian School of ArtWaynesburg University
Immaculata UniversityWest Chester University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusWestminster College
International Institute for Restorative PracticesWestminster Theological Seminary
Juniata CollegeWidener University-Harrisburg Campus
Keystone CollegeWidener University-Main Campus
King’s CollegeWilkes University
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaWilson College
La Roche CollegeWon Institute of Graduate Studies
La Salle UniversityYeshivath Beth Moshe
Lafayette CollegeYork College Pennsylvania
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineMillersville University of Pennsylvania
Lancaster Bible CollegeMisericordia University
Lancaster Theological SeminaryMoore College of Art and Design
Lebanon Valley CollegeMoravian College
Lehigh UniversityMount Aloysius College
Lock Haven UniversityMuhlenberg College
Lutheran Theological Seminary at GettysburgNeumann University
Lutheran Theological Seminary at PhiladelphiaPeirce College
Lycoming CollegePennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania College of Art and Design
Marywood UniversityPennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Mercyhurst UniversityPennsylvania College of Technology
Messiah College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Sesame Place
  2. Longwood Gardens
  3. Dutch Wonderland
  4. Franklin Institute
  5. Liberty Bell
  6. Kennywood
  7. Eastern State Penitentiary
  8. Mutter Museum
  9. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  10. Please Touch Museum
  11. Reading Terminal Market
  12. Splash Lagoon
  13. Bushkill Falls
  14. Fallingwater
  15. Independence Hall
  16. Pocono Raceway

Famous Natives and Residents

Louisa May Alcottnovelist;
Samuel Barbercomposer;
Daniel Boonefrontiersman;
Kobe Bryantbasketball player;
James Buchananformer president;
Rachel Carsonbiologist and author;
GracePrincess of Monaco;
Lee Iacoccaauto executive;
Reggie Jacksonbaseball player;
Gene Kellydancer and actor;
Arnold Palmergolfer;
Fred Rogerschildrens’ TV host, clergyman, and neighbor;
Betsy Rossflagmaker;
James Stewartactor;
Andrew Wyethpainter.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. F. Murray Abraham
  2. Lionel Barrymore
  3. Bradley Cooper
  4. Broderick Crawford
  5. Janet Gaynor
  6. Grace Kelly
  7. Will Smith
  8. Jimmy Stewart
  9. Sharon Stone

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