Things to Know About Pennsylvania as You Plan Your Move
- Pennsylvania was the 2nd state in the U.S., becoming a state on December 12, 1787.
- The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, and other major cities include Pittsburgh, Allentown, Reading, and Philadelphia.
- Residents and visitors enjoy the waterways, nature, Amish communities, seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, among other attractions.
- Pennsylvania is home to the nation's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo. Other long-accredited AZA zoos include the Erie Zoo and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
- The Commonwealth boasts some of the finest museums in the country, including the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several others. One unique museum is the Houdini Museum in Scranton, the only building in the world devoted to the legendary magician.
If you’re moving to Pennsylvania, you’re moving to a state steeped in U.S. history. When the Founding Fathers of the United States convened in Philadelphia in 1774, 12 colonies sent representatives to the First Continental Congress. The Second Continental Congress, which also met in Philadelphia (in May 1775), drew up and signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Later, the Constitution was written, and Philadelphia was once again chosen to be cradle to the new American Nation.
If you enjoy professional sports, moving to Pennsylvania provides you with plenty of great options for entertainment. Pennsylvania is home to many major league professional sports teams; the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.