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Pennsylvania State Overview

History

Established by Dutch, English and Swedish settlers in early 1600, William Penn founded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1861. One of the 13 original founding colonies of the United States, in 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union. Harrisburg, the state capitol, is to the south. Now the 33rd largest state, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ranks sixth in total population and ninth in density. Estimated population for July, 2015, is 12,802,503.

Geography

Through the middle of its 46,055 square miles rise the Appalachian Mountains. A total of 1,239 square miles are inland and Lake Erie waters. The Keystone State further borders the Delaware River, six states and Ontario, Canada. Twin Tiers is a small-town, rural region where northern Pennsylvania and southern New York counties border close to Lake Erie.

Transportation

Two international airports, five Amtrak trains and nine major roadways keep people moving between work, home and international travel. Dubbed “one of the great pieces of Beaux-Arts architecture in America” by The New Yorker art critic, Brendan Gill, historic Union Station in Pittsburgh was transformed in the late 1980s into The Pennsylvanian, a posh, upscale apartment tower.

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Economy

Types of Businesses

Pennsylvania’s top five industries in 2015 were:

Top five employers for 2015 were Wal-Mart, City of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Postal Service and Giant Eagle.

Economic Growth

Fracking technology is keeping Pennsylvania’s energy sector stable mining deep-earth, hard-to-reach places with deposits of natural gas. The method is highly controversial considering its environmental impact on air, water and health.

According to data released by Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office, total population is projected to grow by 904,000 by 2040. The Economic and Budget Outlook for the Commonwealth projects encumbered economic growth under current laws and policies over the five years 2015-2021 as working age population decreases. Projected average annual growth rate for Real GDP is two percent. Personal income is expected to increase by 4.4 percent.

Local Information

Schools and Colleges

Fourteen state university systems employ more than 12,000 faculty, making it one of the largest employers in the state. Noteable Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest historically black college, and East Stroud University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1893, is the state’s youngest. The private University of Pennsylvania ranks 6th nationally and Carnegie Mellon ranks 36th. Top five public school districts in Pennsylvania are in the townships of Tredyffrin, McCandless, Radnor, Lower Merion and West Marlborough.

Hospitals

U.S. News and World Reports lists the top five nationally-ranked hospitals in Pennsylvania as:

Taxes

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue reports current personal income tax rate 3.07 percent. Sales tax is six percent. Corporate net income tax is 9.99 percent. Property tax rates vary by location, but the Commonwealth has five property tax rebate programs.

Crime rates

Figures reported in the newly-released Executive Summary of the 2014 Annual Uniform Crime Report for crime in Pennsylvania show decreases of 5.9 percent in violent crime and six percent in property crime over the prior year. Ninety three persons were victims of eighty five hate crimes. The 2,215 assaults on Pennsylvania law enforcement officers represent a 1.3 percent decrease over 2013, with Pittsburgh having the highest assault rate at 42.7 percent.

Popular Neighborhoods

Pennsylvania’s largest metro area is the Delaware Valley, which includes Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Some of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia include Rittenhouse Square, Chestnut Hill, Manayunk and Old City.

Happy Valley is a college town located in Centre County in the middle of Pennsylvania. Its Bellefonte neighborhood is a growing, tight-knit, small-town community with a family culture and impressive 90 percent graduation rate.

Greater Pittsburgh is a large, metropolitan region in the west with more than 90 neighborhoods. Seated in Allegheny County, this community has a high rate of jobs created through arts and culture. Near downtown, Observatory Hill has historic mansions, stately new homes, award-winning schools, hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Culture and Lifestyle

Pennsylvania has dozens of art, music, film and folk festivals March-October. Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, is the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 1903, Exposition Park at Pittsburgh was the site of the first Major League World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates would have to wait another year for a chance to defeat champions Boston Americans. National league sports, education and family-oriented culture are important parts of traditions in the Quaker State.