What Are Some Facts About the State of Pennsylvania?


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Pennsylvania is one of four states, along with Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia, were formed as commonwealths. They retained that term as part of their official names when they joined the United States.

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What Are Some Facts About the State of Pennsylvania?
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Pennsylvania is known as "The Keystone State." Like a keystone, the middle piece of an arch, the state forms a connection between the northeastern and southern states.

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania's largest city with 1,526,006 residents as of the 2010 census. Three other cities have more than 100,000 residents: Pittsburgh is second with 305,714 residents, Allentown has 118,032 and Erie has 101,786. Harrisburg is the state capital.

"The State of Independence" is Pennsylvania's tourism slogan. The slogan was selected through a contest in which more than 21,000 people submitted entries.

The Great Dane is Pennsylvania's state dog. Great Danes were used for hunting and working in the state's early frontier areas. A portrait of William Penn with his Great Dane hangs in the governor's reception room in Harrisburg. Penn founded the state as a colonial territory of Great Britain in 1682 upon land he purchased from Swedish settlers.

Pennsylvania is the home of eight top-level professional sports teams: baseball's Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, football's Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, hockey's Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, basketball's Philadelphia 76ers and soccer's Philadelphia Union.

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