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Pennsylvania

Welcome to Pennsylvania and a brief overview of The Keystone State.

Pennsylvania is one of the Middle Atalantic States. It is located in the eastern part of the 48 "conterminous" states. It's bordered on the north by Lake Erie and New York and on the south by West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Pennsylvania is bordered on the east by New Jersey and New York and on the west by Ohio and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

The Delaware River forms Pennsylvania's eastern border with New York and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania among the states

  • Statehood: December 12, 1787 (2nd state)
  • Abbreviation: Penn. or Pa. (traditional), PA (postal)
  • Capital: Harrisburg.
  • Size: 45,302 square miles, includes inland water (33rd)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Motto: Virtue, Liberty and Independence.
  • State bird: Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) adopted 1931.
  • State flower: Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) adopted 1933.
  • State song: "Pennsylvania", words and music by Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner, adopted 1990.
  • State tree: Eastern hemlock (Tsunga canadensis) adopted 1931.


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