Situated snugly between six states, Pennsylvania is known for its diversity, history and peaceful way of life. It is 180 miles north to south and 310 miles east to west and is the 6th most populous state in the USA; its largest cities are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It is also home to the nation’s first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, and can claim America’s first hospital, first library and first insurance company. The state is also noted for having the highest concentration of Amish in the United States, and the Pennsylvania Dutch region in south-central Pennsylvania is a favorite for sightseers (virtually the entire southeastern quarter of Pennsylvania is Dutch territory, except for the extreme southeastern tip, which is Quaker).
Pennsylvania is the second state in the Union in the number of church members and first in the number of church organizations. It is the only truly landlocked state of the original thirteen states and is the slowest-growing of any major state in the nation. Pennsylvania’s cost of living is right at the national average, with housing prices, including apartments for rent, coming in at only 1% above the national average. The capital is in Harrisburg.