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A little information about Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania, the Keystone State!

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At SMB Auto Transport, we provide you the best auto shipping quotes in the state of Pennsylvania to relocate your car, truck, motorcycle, boat or ATV anywhere in the U.S. Part of the process includes providing you a free instant estimate upfront with up to 10 no obligation quotes to meet your auto transport needs. The Keystone state of Pennsylvania is a common destination for many individuals. Whether you are moving, you have a student attending school or working here and living somewhere else, we have done some research for you about this great state. Even if none of these scenarios apply to you, it’s still an interesting read.

Pennsylvania is located in the New England states and officially called the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is called the “Keystone” state because of its importance geographically to the other colony states and it held a key position economically, socially and politically in the founding of the United States. This state has almost everything, from rolling green pastures and wide open farmlands, rural mountainous terrain in the Appalachians; to moderately populated urban cities. Pennsylvania is famous for many things (such as the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich) and has many “firsts” to boast about. On this page, I’ll cover a few of the main points why Pennsylvania is such an attractive place to visit, or to live, work and raise a family.

The Facts on Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a rich history of its own as well as has a made a great impact in early American history. Pennsylvania was named after its founder, Sir William Penn in 1664. Pennsylvania means “Penn’s Woodland”. Sir William Penn, a Quaker established and settled this land based on religious tolerance. Pennsylvania’s capital is Harrisburg; its state motto is, “virtue, liberty and independence”. Pennsylvania is the sixth most populated state, estimated to be at 12.7 million (US Census Bureau, 2013.) The land mass is approximately 46,058 square miles, making it the 33rd largest state in the U.S.

Philadelphia (nicknamed the “City of Brotherly Love”) is Pennsylvania’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million (as of 2010). Pittsburg is the 2nd most populated city at 305,704 (2010). Pennsylvania has 116 state parks and its state forest covers over 2 million acres. Pennsylvania is well known for manufacturing steel and was the “steel capitol of the world” for over 100 years.

Pennsylvania’s History

Long before people utilized modern day transportation methods and auto shipping would have sounded like a term from an eccentric daydreamer, Pennsylvania was increasing in population the old fashioned way, by horse and wagon. Pennsylvania territory was disputed in the early 1600’s among the Dutch, the Swedes and the English. England acquired the region in 1664 and was granted to William Penn by King Charles II. Pennsylvania was one of the original thirteen colonies and entered the Union on December 12, 1787. Philadelphia was the seat of the U.S. government from 1776 to 1800. The Declaration of Independence was created and signed in 1776. The U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. Pennsylvania is where many critical battles took place in the Revolutionary War, (Valley Forge, Bunker Hill, Battle of Brandywine, and Battle of Germantown). Pennsylvania was where Benjamin Franklin was born (Philadelphia). Betsy Ross (born in Philadelphia) created the American flag. The Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia, receiving its nickname because it was the bell heralding Pennsylvanians to come and hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Pennsylvania’s Economy and Culture

Pennsylvania was founded on religious freedom and tolerance, therefore, the culture is diverse. Pennsylvania is still home to the Quakers (remember the Quaker Oats guy?); the ancestors of the Pennsylvania Dutch (a group of German speaking immigrants that settled in the late 1600’s and diminished by the late 1700’s) and sizeable communities of Amish and Mennonite groups, which immigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s. The Amish are the most well-known, famous for their simplistic and religious lifestyle. The Amish value living in rural communities, manual labor, family and church. They have limitations to how much their culture can be exposed to modern day conveniences such as electricity, telephones, automobiles (yes, they still travel by horse and buggy) and modern American culture. Even though it is unlikely a conventional Amish person recommend the services of an auto shipping company, the Amish are known for going the extra mile for anyone in need. They also make amazing furniture and quilts!

Even though Pennsylvania strengthened its economic base on the coal and steel industries, shale gas drilling is a driving force in northern and western Pennsylvania in the 21st century. Due to this trend, Pennsylvania receives many new Pennsylvanians every month. Auto shipping companies can attest to this trend. The metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia dominate commercial and industrial industries. Other major contributing cites are Allentown, Bethlehem, Erie, Reading and Scranton. Agriculture is strong in the southeast region of Pennsylvania and have some of the richest farmlands in the Great Appalachian Valley. These farms produce some of the best agricultural products in the U.S. that includes dairy, cattle, hay, corn, wheat, oats, mushrooms, poultry, potatoes and fruit.

Community, business and personal service industries rank as the leading service groups in Pennsylvania, such as hotels, professional sports, health care, engineering and law firms. Finance and real estate are the second primary industries and wholesale and retail trade (grocery, auto, restaurants) rank third. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in November 2013, ranking 31st lowest in the U.S. It is forecast to remain unchanged in the 1st quarter of 2014 (PA Department of Labor & Industry).

Pennsylvania Weather and Climate

Although Pennsylvania is within the Atlantic coast region, where the climate is humid; its climate varies by region and elevation. The Appalachian Mountains run through the middle of Pennsylvania, making the areas with the warmest temperatures and best growing seasons in the Ohio Valley (southwest) and Pennsylvania Dutch farmlands (southeast), near Philadelphia. The region along the border of Lake Erie has the lake effect, preventing early spring. The summers are warm and humid in the southwest and southeast, with summer temperatures averaging from a range of 85 degrees for a high and 66 degrees for a low. Winters in the valleys average with highs of 40 degrees for a high and 26 degrees for a low. The regions in the middle and northern parts of the state are at higher elevations, make the winters cold and the summers cool. The average temperatures in the winter months for the mountain and northern regions are 33 degrees for the high and 18 degrees for the lows. The average summer temperatures are 81 degrees for the highs and 61 degrees for the lows.

Snowfall in the winter months also vary by region, but all of Pennsylvania is subject to heavy snowfall throughout the winter months, up to late April. The average rainfall is around 40 inches annually. Since Pennsylvania is along the Atlantic coast region, it has felt the effects of tropical storms that have downgraded from hurricanes in the Atlantic. For the reason it is close to the Ohio Valley, tornadoes are not unheard of. The average days of sunshine are about 51 percent.

Housing and Sales Tax

Pennsylvania has the nineteenth (19th) highest per capital income in the United States at $43,616 for 2012 (U.S. average is $42,693 for same time period). The median household income in 2012 is $51,230 (U.S median income is $51,371 for same time period). The median price for an existing, single-family detached home is $184,900 in 2011. Pennsylvania ranks eighth (8th) lowest among states with an individual income tax with a flat tax rate of 3.7 percent. The tax climate in in Pennsylvania has a 9.99 percent flat tax rate for corporate income tax; six percent for sales tax and an average of $1,261 property tax per capita. The 2010 tax burden was 10.24 percent, the tenth (10th) highest in the U.S. (national average is 9.9 percent. The average tax payer in Pennsylvania pays $4,183 per capita in state and local taxes.

Education in Pennsylvania

I have to say upfront, researching to write this information for Pennsylvania’s public education system has been far easier than for other states. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is very open and detailed about what goes on in their schools. I am impressed. With that said, Pennsylvania has twenty-seven public school districts, thousands of private schools and many publically funded colleges and universities. There are over 100 private colleges and universities. Pennsylvania has a higher than average home school population due to the large Amish and Mennonite communities choose to remain separate from main stream culture.

The average student-to-teacher ratio in Pennsylvania is 13:1, better than the national average of 16:1. The overall score (report card) for Pennsylvania to measure learning objectives has students in public schools meeting or exceeding the goal to graduate is at 91 percent, with 94 percent for its attendance goals (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Report Card 2010-2011). For the school year 2011-2012, high school graduates going to college are 71.4 percent.

There are 260 public and private universities and colleges in Pennsylvania. Six of the top 50 best colleges and universities in America are located in Pennsylvania. Swarthmore College, which is located about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, is a private liberal arts college with a 8:1 student-teacher ratio. Swarthmore rates #6 on Forbes’ list of top colleges and universities. The University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia is a private research university and rates #11 on the Forbes’ list. It is considered an “Ivy League” school.

Professional sports

Professional sports are an ever increasing entertainment venue (and revenue) in the U.S. and Pennsylvania has much to offer. There are two NFL teams, two MLB teams, one NBA team and two NHL teams.

The NFL (National Football League) has two football teams: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers

The MLB (Major League Baseball) has two teams: the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates

The NBA (National Basketball Association) has one team: the Philadelphia 76ers

And the NHL (National Hockey League) has two teams: the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins

Depending on if you live in western Pennsylvania or eastern Pennsylvania will no doubt influence the color scheme of your casual wardrobe.

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