Pennsylvania became the 2nd state admitted to the Union in 1787. Pennsylvania is in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. between New York and Canada to the north and West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey to the south.
Pennsylvania is one of the most populous states in the nation. Philadelphia and Pittsburg are the largest cities and Harrisburg is the state capital.
Pennsylvania's topography ranges from the low coastal plains along the Delaware river in the southeast, the rolling hills of the Piedmont in the central region, the Poconos and Allegheny Mountains in the north and west to the Lake Erie plains in the far northwest region of the state.
Pennsylvania has mild, humid summers and cold, humid winters with a higher than average amount of precipitation.
Pennsylvania is an industrial leader in agriculture, particularly milk production, pharmaceutical manufacturing, transportation equipment production and coal mining. Pennsylvania ranks as a high tax state.
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