Best and Worst States: Pros and Cons of Living in Pennsylvania

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Quakers, including William Penn, were part of the 13 original colonies that made up Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's capital, played host to the first and second Continental Congresses, resulting in the Declaration of Independence, which sparked the American Revolution. Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify American Constitution after Delaware. Article I, Section 8. Pennsylvania was the Battle of Gettysburg site during the American Civil War (1861-1865), when Union General George Meade overcame Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ending the Confederacy's Northern invasion and Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. Tourists are drawn to Pennsylvania by its monuments to America's revolutionary history, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Prominent Pennsylvanians include patriot and inventor Benjamin Franklin, frontiersman Daniel Boone, painter Mary Cassatt, inventor Robert Fulton, and comedian Bill Cosby. 

If you are planning to relocate or maybe have a short visit to Pennsylvania, it is a must that you know the following pros and cons of living in the state:

1. You can stop at a convenience store to get a legitimate meal.

A majority of other states and commonwealths in the United States have access to fast food options, packaged snacks, and many preservatives for food consumed while driving. Pennsylvania offers a very different kind of experience. If you aren't in a hurry to get somewhere else, people often eat dinner near gas stations when they move here.

Convenience stores like Wawa and Sheetz offer customized sandwiches, fried appetizers, and handmade burgers. If you choose to participate in this experience, there are even beer pairing suggestions. It is good food.

2. You haven't had pizza until you've lived in Pennsylvania.

The average person will likely mention a cheesesteak when asked what they associate with Pennsylvania. On any given night, you can enjoy some of the best pizza in the world because we live in the Commonwealth. In USA Today's opinion, Old Forge is the country's pizza capital, and everyone should try it. Each person has a life-changing event. You can find New Haven-style pizza, Italian classics, and even Grandma-style pizza at some pizzerias. 

Now here are some of the cons of living in Pennsylvania:

1. Become accustomed to paying tolls, regardless of the method.

Tolls must be paid to travel on the Turnpike. If you travel from the Delaware River Bridge to the Ohio border, you may have to spend any fees. You will pay more than $50 if you drive the entire route without an EZ Pass since it's based on mileage. Credit cards, cash, and transponders that qualify may be used.

If you don't feel like driving up to the northern interstate that brings you closer to the Great Lakes, you have no choice but to take the Turnpike. It would help if you considered which option is the most beneficial since it will increase your travel time by 4-6 hours.

2. It isn't always as simple as following the directions on the street signs.

If you are driving on the South in the central part of the Commonwealth, you are headed toward the west. When you drive from State College to the capital, Route 322 says you're going east, but you're actually going south. Certain sections of the highway can be difficult to navigate because of that.

It is also important to mention the practice of "Pittsburgh Left." This is a courtesy practiced by drivers in Pittsburgh. You can allow a vehicle in the opposing lane of traffic to turn left to proceed through the intersection. Any rules do not govern the activity, so you might have to slam on the brakes unexpectedly if someone allows a turn.

Bonus: Here are some fun facts about Pennsylvania:

  1. In Philadelphia, in 1775, Johann Behrent built the first piano in America, calling it under the name "Piano Forte."
  2. Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion.
  3. Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.
  4. "Doctor, if you don't give me something to help me breathe, I'm going to stop!" came the urgent cry of 16-year old Frederick Gable of Loganville. Vowing not to lose another patient to pneumonia, Dr. George Holtzapple successfully created the first application of oxygen, thus saving his patient's life and winning international fame through his discovery. The year was 1885.
  5. Stewartstown hired its first police officer in 1876. He was also the town lamplighter.
  6. Philadelphia is home to cheesesteak sandwiches, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes.
  7. The Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.
  8. Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.
  9. Franklin became a center for worldwide oil production following Colonel Edwin Drake's discovery of oil in nearby Titusville.
  10. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.

What can you say about these pros and cons of living in Pennsylvania? Let us know your comments below!


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