Community Info: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania is twice the size of West Virginia covering nearly 50,000 square miles. There are 67 counties in Pennsylvania, some rural and some urban. The two major urban areas are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, both major US cities. Most of Pennsylvania is covered with farmland. 3.5 million people live and work over 9 million acres of farmland.

Pennsylvania covers nearly 50,000 square miles. There are 67 counties in the state. The highest point in Pennsylvania is Mt Davis in Somerset County at an elevation of 3,213 feet. The lowest point is the Delaware River. Over 9 million acres of land are considered farmland and over 3.5 million people live in rural areas. There are 50 natural lakes, 45,000 miles of rivers and streams and 116 state parks. The state can be divided into the following eight regions: Lake Erie, Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghany, the Poconos, Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley, Alleghany National Forest, Hershey/Dutch Country, and Valleys of the Susquehanna.

Pennsylvania has a population of 12.7 million people. It is ranked the 5th most populous state in the nation.

In 2015 the median household income was $53,599.

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The 2011-2015 state homeownership rate was 69.2%.

The key industries in Pennsylvania are agribusiness, energy, technology, advanced manufacturing and materials, tourism, life sciences and the film industry, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.

The top five employers in Franklin County include the United States Government, Kiddie Industries, Chambersburg Hospital, the Pennsylvania State Government, and Grabau Service Corporation.

The city of Philadelphia serves as one of the states most visited historical attractions. Pennsylvania's Dutch Country in Lancaster is another popular attraction and Williamsport, Pennsylvania is home to the Little League World Series. The Pocono Mountains are also a popular vacation destination.

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