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Offical Name Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Nicknames Coal State, Oil State, Quaker State, Keystone State
Abbreviations PA, US-PA
Origin of Name "Penn's Woods" in honor of Admiral Sir William Penn

Official Language None
Admission to Union 12 December 1787
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Harrisburg
Largest City Philadelphia
Population 12,281,054 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: Christmas trees, poultry, nusery stock, sod, dairy, corn, horses

Industry:steel, mining (iron, portland cement, limestone), electronics equipment, cars, pharmaceuticals, tourism

Area 46,055 square miles (119,283 km2)
Major Rivers Delaware River, Ohio River, Susquehanna River, Allegheny River
Major Lakes Lake Erie
Highest Point Mount Davis - 3,213 feet (979 meters)
Bordering States Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, New York
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Lake Eerie

Flag Pennsylvania Flag
Motto Virtue, liberty, and independence
Song Pennsylvania
Pops Orchestra Philly Pops
Arboretum Morris Arboretum and Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania
Animal White-tail Deer
Dog Great Dane
Game Bird Ruffed Grouse
Insect Firefly
Fish Brook Trout
Fossil Trilobite
Flower Mountain Laurel
Tree Eastern Hemlock
Plant Penngift Crownvetch
Beverage Milk
Cookie Chocolate Chip
Soil Hazleton
Theatre Walnut Street Theatre
Toy Slinky
Steam Locomotive K4s Steam Locomotive
Electric Locomotive GG1 4859 Electric Locomotive
Flagship United States Brig Niagara

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