Facts about Pennsylvania

63 Interesting Facts about Pennsylvania to Make You know


Pennsylvania -a state of lush forests, rolling hills, and vast acres of farmland was established in 1643. Among fifty states of U. S. Pennsylvania is considered the first one.

This is the birthplace of significant urban cities of Philadelphia & Pittsburgh also Harrisburg- the state capital. Hence, still

Pennsylvania has many rural and pristine counties together with Perry County, & Forest County, without any traffic lights.

Here are more interesting and fun facts about Pennsylvania. Let us know more about its history, geography, unique places, and more.

Pennsylvania Important Facts

Official Name: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Population: 13,011,844 (2020)
Area: 119,283 sq km
Capital | Large City: Harrisburg | Philadelphia
Spoken Languages: English 90.15%, Spanish 4.09%, German 0.87%, Chinese 0.47%, Italian 0.43%.
Density: 112 sq km
Currency: USD
Income rank: 23rd
Time Zone: UTC−05:00 (Eastern) [Summer UTC−04:00 (EDT)]
– Source: WikiPedia

Interesting Facts About Pennsylvania to make you know:

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Name origination:

William Penn established Pennsylvania; from his name, this state name comes (Admiral William Penn). But William Penn intended to call the state “Sylvania,”; a Latin word that refers to “woodlands.”


In shape, Pennsylvania is like a rectangular.

U.S first piano

Johann Behrent built the U.S first piano in Philadelphia in 1775


“The Keystone State” is the nickname of Pennsylvania.

Bordering States:

Pennsylvania’s six bordering states are New Jersey, New York, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, & Ohio.


“Harrisburg” is the state capital of Pennsylvania.

Capital for one day:

You may know about the one-day capital of Pennsylvania on September 27, 1777; for just one day, Lancaster became the country’s capital.

Beaver Stadium:

The World’s third-largest Stadium, Beaver Stadium, is in Pennsylvania.

Polio Vaccine:

The country created the first Polio Vaccine. Pittsburgh city was the first to use the new Vaccine.

Highest Building:

“The Comcast Center” is considered the 2nd highest building in Pennsylvania.

State Motto:

“Virtue, Liberty and Independence” is the motto of Pennsylvania.


Mushroom makes Pennsylvania well known, also given the nickname of the Mushroom Capital, the most significant state crop. Pennsylvania has all of the 68 mushroom farms.

The State Largest City:

“Philadelphia” is the state’s largest city of Pennsylvania in the United States.


 Pennsylvania is the 5th most populous state in the United States, with a total population of 13,011,844, in the 2020 census.

State Beverage

“Milk” is the state Beverage in Pennsylvania.

State Fossil

The State Fossil is “Phacops Rana” of the country.

State Song

“Pennsylvania ” is the state song of the state.

Number of Counties

Pennsylvania has 67 counties in the United States.

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First Daily Newspaper

The National first daily newspaper was the packet and the Daily Advertiser of Pennsylvania.

National Symbol

  • State Bird: Ruffed Grouse 
  • State Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • State Fish: Brook Trout
  • State Tree: Hemlock
  • State Ship: United States Brig Niagara
  • State Insect: Firefly
  • State Dog: Great Dane
  • State Animal: Whitetail Deer

Total Area

The area of Pennsylvania is Total of 119,283 square kilometers.

33rd largest state 

Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state in the United States.

The first computer

In 1946, at the Pennsylvania University, the World’s the first computer was invented; weighed 28 ton.

Kinzua Bridge

Once upon a time, The Kinzua Bridge was the most significant and tallest railroad bridge in the World.


In 1881, the country held a record 75% more oil production.

Baseball Stadium

In Pittsburgh, In 1913, Baseball Stadium built the first Stadium.

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Celebrities from Pennsylvania

There are so many celebrities’ born here;

  • James Stewart
  • Sharon Stone
  • meek Mill
  • Taylor Swift
  • Amber Rose
  • Lil Dicky
  • TaylorSwift

The Highest Point

Somerset, Mount Davis County 3,213 feet is the highest point in Pennsylvania.

The Lowest Point

The Delaware River is the lowest point in Pennsylvania.

Thirteen Original State

Pennsylvania is one of the thirteen original colony States, and it is the second state to ratify the constitution of the United States of America.

Official Language

No Official language is used in this state.

Spoken Language

English is the original Language is spoken and some other spoken languages. Such as:

  • English 90.15%
  • Spanish 4.09%
  • German 0.87%
  • Italian 0.43%
  • Chinese 0.47%

 The First Internet Emoticon

Professor D.Scott Fahlman invented the First Internet emoticon and sent more than 6 billion emoticons every day in September 1982.

The First Zoo

Philadelphia Zoological Gardens is the first Zoo in Pennsylvania.

Largest Manufacturing of Chocolates

Pennsylvania is one of the largest manufacturers of chocolate in the World. The products are sold in more than sixty countries.

The earliest gas Station

The earliest American gas Station is in Pennsylvania.

National park

Pennsylvania has 121 national parks.

State park

The country has 121 state parks.

The Flag

The flag has a deep blue field the state coat of arms includes.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall is a historic building in Philadelphia.

Largest Cities In Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Eerie
  • Allentown
  • Reading
  • Scranton
  • Lancaster
  • Bethlehem
  • Harrisburg and
  • Altoona

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Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. Otherwise, there are many waterfalls in the state, such as Hawks Fall, Resica Fall, Bushkill Falls, Dingmans Falls, and Cucumber Fall.

cultural fact for pennsylvania


These 10 unique  festivals in Pennsylvania.

  • Kutztown Folk Festival
  • The Firebird Festival
  • The odunde Festival
  • Firefly Festival
  • PyroFest
  • The Hamburg -er Festival
  • Musik fest
  • Apple Fest
  • Christkindlmarkt
  • Mummer Parade


Women usually put on extensive sleeves and apron, a full skirt, a cape. They prefer solid-colored dresses mostly. Men wear wide full trousers.

Natural resources

There are many fossil fuels and Mineral resources, including:

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural gas
  • Metals
  • Methane from Coal


Mushroom products of the Nationalist products in Pennsylvania. There are other important crops, including Oats, Potatoes, Barley, and naturally occurring rocks.


Agriculture places the top industry in Pennsylvania.

Rockville Bridge

The World’s biggest stone arch bridge Rockville is in Pennsylvania. It is 3,820 feet tall, and 800 laborers work two years to build.


Pennsylvania is usually mainly people of flowing Christian religion.

Literacy Rate

Pennsylvania has the list of 87.40% literacy rate in the United States.

Popular Sport

Football is the most popular sport in Pennsylvania.

The First National Hospitals

The first national hospital was built in Philadelphia.

Richest country

Pennsylvania was the 21st ranked most prosperous country in the United States.

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Popular Food

The most popular food in Pennsylvania are :

  • Stromboli
  • Hoagie
  • Funnel Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Banana split
  • Shoofly pie
  • Sandwich

National Landmark

“Hickory Run Boulder Field” is the National natural landmark in Pennsylvania.

Cold country 

Undoubtedly, Pennsylvania is the coldest country in America. 

The Liberty Bell:

It’s an iconic American Independence symbol, situated in Pennsylvania. You can see the bell in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.

In 1751 from London, the bell was ordered by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly.

The license plates:

In Pennsylvania, on automobiles, registered license plates should include URL www.pa.gov (the state’s formal website) on it. This state makes it first among the 50 states.

“The city of Brotherly Love:”

Philadelphia, the state’s biggest city, is called “the city of Brotherly Love” for its religious tolerance.

First human brain cells  transplant:

“Neurons” first human brain cells transplant was done on 23 June 1998 at Pittsburgh university Pennsylvania. . The transplant was done on a 62 years old stroke patient.

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The World’s biggest unboxing:

 Volvo Trucks invited a 3-year-old kid to unbox their latest Volvo VNL; this happened in Pennsylvania.


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