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Outline of Pennsylvania

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United States Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous of the 50 states of the United States of America Pennsylvania lies west of the Delaware River in the Mid-Atlantic United States

King Charles II of England granted William Penn a charter for a Colony of Pennsylvania in 1681 Philadelphia, the capital of the colony, soon rose to become the most populous city of British America As Britain attempted to tighten its grip on its American colonies, many prominent Pennsylvanians called for greater independence for British America The upper and lower counties of Pennsylvania now known as Delaware joined eleven other British colonies in declaring their autonomy with signing of the United States Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776

The newly independent state chose the moniker "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" as a token of its prominence and autonomy in the Americas The American states prevailed in the American War of Independence which concluded with the Treaty of Paris of 1783 The Constitution of the United States was written in convention at Philadelphia in 1787 The State of Delaware and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania became the first two states to ratify the new Constitution, thus Pennsylvania is ranked as the second state to join the Union


  • 1 General reference
  • 2 Geography of Pennsylvania
    • 21 Places in Pennsylvania
    • 22 Environment of Pennsylvania
      • 221 Natural geographic features of Pennsylvania
    • 23 Regions of Pennsylvania
      • 231 Administrative divisions of Pennsylvania
    • 24 Demography of Pennsylvania
  • 3 Government and politics of Pennsylvania
    • 31 Branches of the government of Pennsylvania
      • 311 Executive branch of the government of Pennsylvania
      • 312 Legislative branch of the government of Pennsylvania
      • 313 Judicial branch of the government of Pennsylvania
    • 32 Law and order in Pennsylvania
    • 33 Military in Pennsylvania
    • 34 Local government in Pennsylvania
  • 4 History of Pennsylvania
    • 41 History of Pennsylvania, by period
    • 42 History of Pennsylvania, by region
      • 421 By county
      • 422 By municipality
    • 43 History of Pennsylvania, by subject
  • 5 Culture of Pennsylvania
    • 51 The Arts in Pennsylvania
    • 52 Sports in Pennsylvania
  • 6 Economy and infrastructure of Pennsylvania
  • 7 Education in Pennsylvania
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

General referenceedit

An enlargeable map of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Names
    • Common name: Pennsylvania
      • Pronunciation: /ˌpɛnsᵻlˈveɪniə/
    • Official name: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also known as the State of Pennsylvania
    • Abbreviations and name codes
      • Postal symbol: PA
      • ISO 3166-2 code: US-PA
      • Internet second-level domain: paus
    • Nicknames
      • Liberty Bell State
      • Independence State
      • Keystone State1
      • Quaker State
  • Adjectival: Pennsylvania
  • Demonym: Pennsylvanian

Geography of Pennsylvaniaedit

Geography of Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania is: a US state, a federal state of the United States of America
  • Location
    • Northern hemisphere
    • Western hemisphere
      • Americas
        • North America
          • Anglo America
          • Northern America
            • United States of America
              • Contiguous United States
                • Eastern United States
                  • East Coast of the United States – though Pennsylvania does not include any actual coastline, it is generally considered to be part of the Eastern Seaboard region
                    • Northeastern United States
                  • Mid-Atlantic states
                • Great Lakes Region
  • Population of Pennsylvania: 12,702,379 2010 US Census2
  • Area of Pennsylvania:
  • Atlas of Pennsylvania

Places in Pennsylvaniaedit

Places in Pennsylvania

  • Historic places in Pennsylvania
    • Abandoned communities in Pennsylvania
      • Ghost towns in Pennsylvania
    • National Historic Landmarks in Pennsylvania
    • National Register of Historic Places listings in Pennsylvania
      • Bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania
  • National Natural Landmarks in Pennsylvania
  • National parks in Pennsylvania
  • State parks in Pennsylvania

Environment of Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
  • Climate of Pennsylvania
  • Geology of Pennsylvania
  • Protected areas in Pennsylvania
    • State forests of Pennsylvania
  • Superfund sites in Pennsylvania
  • Wildlife of Pennsylvania
    • Fauna of Pennsylvania
      • Birds of Pennsylvania
      • Mammals of Pennsylvania

Natural geographic features of Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Lakes of Pennsylvania
  • Rivers of Pennsylvania

Regions of Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Northern Pennsylvania
    • Northeastern Pennsylvania
    • Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Southern Pennsylvania
    • Southeastern Pennsylvania
    • Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Western Pennsylvania

Administrative divisions of Pennsylvaniaedit

An enlargeable map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The 67 Counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Municipalities in Pennsylvania
      • Cities in Pennsylvania
        • State capital of Pennsylvania:
        • City nicknames in Pennsylvania
        • Sister cities in Pennsylvania

Demography of Pennsylvaniaedit

Demographics of Pennsylvania

Government and politics of Pennsylvaniaedit

Politics of Pennsylvania

  • Form of government: U S state government
  • United States congressional delegations from Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State Capitol
  • Elections in Pennsylvania
    • Electoral reform in Pennsylvania
  • Political party strength in Pennsylvania

Branches of the government of Pennsylvaniaedit

Government of Pennsylvania

Executive branch of the government of Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Governor of Pennsylvania
    • Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
    • Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • State Treasurer of Pennsylvania
  • State departments
    • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Legislative branch of the government of Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Pennsylvania General Assembly bicameral
    • Upper house: Pennsylvania Senate
    • Lower house: Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Judicial branch of the government of Pennsylvaniaedit

Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Law and order in Pennsylvaniaedit

Law of Pennsylvania

  • Cannabis in Pennsylvania
  • Capital punishment in Pennsylvania
    • Individuals executed in Pennsylvania
  • Constitution of Pennsylvania
  • Crime in Pennsylvania
  • Gun laws in Pennsylvania
  • Law enforcement in Pennsylvania
    • Law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania
      • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

Military in Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Pennsylvania Air National Guard
  • Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Local government in Pennsylvaniaedit

Local government in Pennsylvania

History of Pennsylvaniaedit

History of Pennsylvania

History of Pennsylvania, by periodedit

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Indentured servitude in Pennsylvania
  • Netherlands colony of Nieuw-Nederland, 1624–1652
    • History of slavery in Pennsylvania, 1639–1847
  • Swedish colony of Nya Sverige, 1638–1655
  • Netherlands province of Nieuw-Nederland, 1652–1664
  • English Province of New-York, 1664–1681–1688
  • English Province of Pennsylvania, 1681–1707
  • British Colony of Pennsylvania, 1707–1776
  • French colony of la Louisiane, 1699–1754–1763
  • French and Indian War, 1754–1763
    • Treaty of Fontainebleau of 1762
    • Treaty of Paris of 1763
  • British Indian Reserve in western Pennsylvania, 1763–1783
    • Royal Proclamation of 1763
  • American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775 – September 3, 1783
    • United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
    • Philadelphia campaign, 1777–1778
    • Treaty of Paris, September 3, 1783
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1776
      • Eighth state to ratify the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, signed July 9, 1778
    • Second State to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America on December 11, 1787
    • Erie Triangle purchased 1792
    • War of 1812, June 18, 1812 – March 23, 1815
      • Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814
    • Mexican-American War, April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848
    • James Buchanan becomes 15th President of the United States on March 4, 1857
    • American Civil War, April 12, 1861 – May 13, 1865
    • Pennsylvania in the American Civil War, 1861–1865
        • Gettysburg Campaign, June 9 – July 14, 1863
          • Battle of Gettysburg, July 1–3, 1863

History of Pennsylvania, by regionedit

By countyedit

  • History of Allegheny County
  • History of Lycoming County
  • History of Philadelphia County

By municipalityedit

  • History of Erie
  • History of Harrisburg
  • History of the Townships of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
  • History of Philadelphia
  • History of Pittsburgh
  • History of Williamsport

History of Pennsylvania, by subjectedit

  • History of the Pennsylvania State University
  • History of rail transport in Philadelphia
  • History of slavery in Pennsylvania
  • History of veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania
  • Jewish history in Pennsylvania

Culture of Pennsylvaniaedit

Culture of Pennsylvania

  • Cuisine of Pennsylvania
  • Museums in Pennsylvania
  • Religion in Pennsylvania
    • Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
  • Scouting in Pennsylvania
  • State symbols of Pennsylvania
    • Flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Arts in Pennsylvaniaedit

  • Music of Pennsylvania

Sports in Pennsylvaniaedit

Sports in Pennsylvania

Economy and infrastructure of Pennsylvaniaedit

Economy of Pennsylvania

  • Communications in Pennsylvania
    • Newspapers in Pennsylvania
    • Radio stations in Pennsylvania
    • Television stations in Pennsylvania
  • Health care in Pennsylvania
    • Hospitals in Pennsylvania
  • Transportation in Pennsylvania
    • Airports in Pennsylvania
    • Roads in Pennsylvania
      • Interstate Highways in Pennsylvania

Education in Pennsylvaniaedit

Education in Pennsylvania

  • Schools in Pennsylvania
    • School districts in Pennsylvania
      • High schools in Pennsylvania
    • Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania
      • University of Pennsylvania 1740
      • University of Pittsburgh 1787
      • Lincoln University Pennsylvania 1854
      • Pennsylvania State University 1855
      • Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education 1857
      • Temple University 1884

See alsoedit

  • History portal
  • British Empire portal
  • Geography portal
  • North America portal
  • United States portal
  • Pennsylvania portal
  • Topic overview:
    • Pennsylvania
    • Index of Pennsylvania-related articles
  • All pages beginning with "Pennsylvania"
  • All pages with a title containing Pennsylvania


  1. ^ Barry Popik, Smoky City, barrypopikcom website, March 27, 2005
  2. ^ "US Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts Pennsylvania" 

External linksedit

Find more aboutPennsylvaniaat Wikipedia's sister projects
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  • Quotations from Wikiquote
  • Texts from Wikisource
  • Textbooks from Wikibooks
  • Learning resources from Wikiversity

Wikimedia Atlas of Pennsylvania

  • PA State System of Higher Education

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