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One of the 50 states of the USA

  • The official name of Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • It is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
  • Harrisburg is its capital city.
  • Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie are its four most populated cities.
  • It is one of the 13 original founding states of the US.
  • Philadelphia became home to the first computer in 1946.
  • The first daily newspaper was published in the state on Sept. 21, 1784.
  • It is the site of the first presidential mansion.
  • The name of Pennsylvania was derived from Penn’s Woods, named after the father of Admiral William Penn.
  • Milk is the state beverage.
  • Ruffed Grouse is the official bird.
  • It is the only original colony not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.
  • Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres.
  • Philadelphia was once the United States capital city.
  • It is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
  • The first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh in 1909.
  • Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.
  • Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell.
  • Indiana County is the Christmas Tree capital of the world.
  • The Borough of Kane is known as the Black Cherry Capital of the World.
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