The original European settlers of Pennsylvania were Dutch and their influence is
still seen in parts of the state. Still, it wasn’t until the late 17th century
that the Englishman William Penn was granted ownership of the entire area. To
his credit, Mr. Penn established a viable, peaceful and religiously tolerant
colony. The state eventually became one of the original thirteen states.
Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Erie, Pennsylvania has ports on both
bodies of water. It supports an immense economy spread across every industry and
business sector. If the state were an independent country, its output would be the
18th largest in the world.
Its largest cities, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown, are home to two dozen
Fortune 500 companies and innumerable smaller companies that focus on finance,
healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing. Tourism is also a major draw for the
entire state from the historical Philadelphia to the quaint and peaceful areas of
the Dutch Country.
Pennsylvania offers its residents and businesses a wide variety of choices in both
opportunity and lifestyle. Its major cities offer all the glamour and nightlife
that one could desire while its bucolic countryside is known for its horses and
Additional information can be found regarding Pennsylvania's
economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Pennsylvania Economy.