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Did you know that the state of Pennsylvania is situated in the North-eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of America? Did you know that there are 67 counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania? Did you know that Pennsylvania is the 2nd state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to learn more info and interesting facts about this amazing U.S. State which will prove to be helpful to both students and teachers

Fun Fact 1: The state name was specified to Pennsylvania Founder William Penn by English King, Charles II. The name is a combination of the founders surname "Penn" and the Latin word "Sylvania" which means woodland

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue with the state coat of arms centrally located. The coat of arms features a shield depicting the following images; a ship - representing commerce, a plough - representing resources and agriculture, and three sheaves of wheat - representing fertile land. The Shield is protected by two black horses and an American bald eagle. Positioned below the shield are olive branches and cornstalks - which represent peace and prosperity. The state motto is displayed on a red banner at the base of the design

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. Harrisburg is the 9th largest city in Pennsylvania

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 119,283 square kilometers or 46,055 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are six states that border Pennsylvania they are; Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and New Jersey

Fun Fact 6: The Pennsylvania state nickname is "The Keystone State" A key stone is a middle wedge of an architectural arch, it is an important component of the arch construction, and the piece that all of the other stones depend on

Fun Fact 7: The state is officially known as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is called "Pennsylvania" it was written by Eddie Khoury and set to music composed by Ronnie Bonner. The official State Song was adopted on November 29, 1990

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Pennsylvania are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Pennsylvania; the region was originally established by Swedish colony in 1638. Conflict over possession took place between the British, Dutch and French until February 28, 1681 when King Charles II granted a land charter to William Penn.  The Mason-Dixon Line established the regions southern boundaries, this was extended westward in 1784. Pennsylvania became the 2nd State to be admitted to the Union on December 12, 1787 - less than a week after the first state (Delaware) had ratified

Fun Fact 12: The Pennsylvania Colony was one of the original 13 colonies. The original 13 colonies were divided into three geographic areas; New England, Middle and Southern colonies. The Pennsylvania Colony was one of the Middle Colonies, and the location for the first two Continental Congresses, (meetings of representatives that went on to become the governing body during the American Revolution) the meetings produced the Declaration of Independence and the onset of the American Revolution

Fun Fact 13: The abbreviation letters for the state of Pennsylvania are - Pa. The Postal Code abbreviation is - PA

Fun Fact 14: PA state symbols include; PA animal symbol - the Whitetail Deer. PA state bird symbol - the Ruffed Grouse. PA state flower symbol - the Mountain Laurel. PA state insect emblem - the Firefly. PA State tree - the Eastern Hemlock

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Pennsylvania in 2012 was an estimated 12,763,536. This compares to a population of 6,302,115 filed on census from the year 1900

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