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Duquesne Incline from top
Downtown Pittsburgh and Duquesne
Incline from Mt. Washington.

With 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.

Today, 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.

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Find a job: Pennsylvania

Start a business: Starting a Business in Pennsylvania

Get a driver's license: New Resident PA Drivers License

Retire to Pennsylvania: Top Places to Retire in Pennsylvania


Demographics : (Pennsylvania Census Data)
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

Cost of Living: Sperling's Best Places - Pennsylvania - Compared to the rest of the country, Pennsylvania's cost of living is 10.55% lower than the U.S. average.

Housing & 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

PennsylvaniaSchools : Pennsylvania ranks among the top 10 states for reading and math scores from grades 1-8. Also see Pennsylvania Department of Education | School Digger - PA Elementary School Rankings

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.

Crime : see Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System

also see -> PA taxes | PA eviction laws | PA shopping outlets |


More about relocating to Pennsylvania around the Web:

Live 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.

Relocation - Moving to Pittsburgh - Here's the University of Pittsburgh guide with helpful information on neighborhoods, real estate, and local area public & private schools.

Pennsylvania real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Philadelphia : Inquirer
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Pittsburgh : Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh : Trib


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