Pennsylvania State Government

Pennsylvania was named after Admiral William Penn, under Charles II. It literally means Penn’s Woods.

Capital: Harrisburg

Largest Cities: Allentown, Altoona, Bradford, Carbondale, Darby, ErieHershey, Oil City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Point Marion, Reading, Scranton, State College, Wilkes-Barre

Present Constitution Drafted: 1968

Entered Union: December 12, 1787 (2)

Motto: “Virtue, Liberty and Independence”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: Hemlock

State Bird: Ruffed Grouse

State Insect: Ladybug

State Dog: Great Dane

State Song: “Pennsylvania”

Nickname: The Keystone State