Downtown Pittsburgh and Duquesne
Incline from Mt. Washington.
its central location along the Mid-Atlantic, the Keystone State has been almost from its colonial beginnings a manufacturing
center, later becoming an industrial powerhouse in the 19th century.
Pennsylvania is home to almost 50 of the nation's largest Fortune 500 companies. Among them include PPG Industries, U.S. Steel,
Alcoa,, H.J Heinz, and candy maker Hershey.
Its two largest cities - Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - act as the state's
two economic centers.
Pittsburgh, in fact, continues as an economic success story after recovering from the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970's, Today, the Pittsburgh metro area is a hotbed of innovation and home to more than 1,500 hi-tech companies.
Tourism is also a major industry. Away from the two major urban areas, Pennsylvania also offers family fun at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania ski resorts, Pocono Mountain scenery, along with rural charm in Lancaster, home to the largest Amish
population in the country.
Major cities: Harrisburg (capital), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
Allentown, Erie, Reading
Population : 12,440,621
White : 86%
Black, African American : 10.6%
Hispanic : 4.1%
High school graduates : 81.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 22.4%
Average household income: $43,714
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Pennsylvania Real Estate Home ownership rate : 71.3%
Average home price : $165,300
Average travel time to work : 25.2 minutes.
Personal Income Taxes: Pennsylvania has a flat tax rate of 3.07 percent on individual income, with no personal exemptions. Residents are required to file state taxes using Form PA-40 each year by April 15
Weather : While summer temperatures are uniformly warm throughout Pennsylvania, low lying areas and those nearer the Atlantic coast are milder in winter compared to the state's colder and snowier mountain regions.
about relocating to Pennsylvania around the Web:
in Pennsylvania - Resident and newcomers guide with links to information on vital stats & demographic data, schools, health care, shopping, driving maps, senior citizen resources, tourism and major attractions.
Move to Philly - Check out lots of insider tips on what Philadelphia has to offer including real estate, restaurants, schools, cultural offerings, and more.
- Moving to Pittsburgh - Here's the University of Pittsburgh guide with helpful information on neighborhoods, real
estate, and local area public & private schools.
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