Pennsylvania Population 2013
Based on estimates and the studies by the United States Census Bureau, the population of Pennsylvania in 2013 is estimated to be 12,763,536, which is the 6th largest population in the United States. This growth displayed a 0.5% increase from the last census taken in 2010. Based on the population and based on the area of the state, the population density of the state is about 284 people per square mile, ranked the 9th largest population density in the United States.
Pennsylvania Population Projections
Based on the historical and current trends of the state, the population is expected to reach about 12.55 million people by the year 2015. This population would be a 1.6% decrease from the current population of Pennsylvania. Then, by the year 2020, the population is not expected to continue that decreasing trend. It is expected to reach 12.646 million people, which is still a decrease from the current population, however. This would be a 0.93% decrease from the current population. Continuing a slight increase, the population is expected to reach 12.71 million people by the year 2025, recording a population decrease of 0.28% from the current population. Then, by the year 2030, the population is expected to decrease again. The total population is expected to be about 12.704 million people, which is a 0.5% decrease from the current population.
Pennsylvania Land Mass
Pennsylvania measures from its most distant points to be about 283 miles from east to west and 160 miles from north to south. The state also has an approximate area of 46,058 square miles, making it the 33rd largest state in the country. About 1,239 square miles of the state are covered by water, compared to the approximate 44,820 square miles covered by land. Mt. Davis has the highest elevation point in the entire state of Pennsylvania. It reaches an approximate 3,213 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is at the Delaware River, which reaches sea level. The geographic center of Pennsylvania is located in Centre County, 2.5 miles southwest of Bellefonte. Six states border Pennsylvania: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland. Lake Erie also borders the northern border of the state.
Pennsylvania is made up of four distinct geographic land areas: Allegheny Front, the Lake Erie Lowlands, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plains. The Allegheny Front is where the Allegheny Mountains cut a diagonal line across the state. To the northwest of the Front is the Lake Erie Lowlands. This is where the plateaus of the Allegheny Front fall down to lowlands that eventually run into Lake Erie. To the southeast of the Front lie the Piedmont and Coastal Plains regions.
Approximately 51.2% of the state’s 12.764 million people is female, while the other 48.8% of the population is male. Also, those that identify as white (including Hispanic or Latino) make up the largest percentage of the demographics in the state of Pennsylvania. Approximately 84% of the state identify as this race. But, out of that 84%, about 6% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 78% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up 11% of the entire population of the state of Pennsylvania. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races make up about 5% of the Pennsylvania population.
The population of Pennsylvania is a slightly more religious population than the average state. About 54% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 54%, about 28% identify as members of the Catholic Church, making it the largest denomination in the state of Pennsylvania. All the other Christian denominations make up about 23.8% of the population. Those who identify as Jewish, Islamic, or Eastern religions only make up 2.2% of the population.
The state of Pennsylvania has teams represented in all of the major professional sports: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer. The state has two teams represented in Major League Baseball, one out of Philadelphia and one out of Pittsburgh. The Philadelphia Phillies play in the Citizens Bank Park, which has an estimated attendance capacity of 43,647. The Pittsburgh Pirates play in PNC Park, which estimates an attendance capacity of 38,362. The state only has one team in the National Basketball Association: Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, which has an estimated capacity of 20,328 people. The state has two teams represented in the National Football League, similar to that of baseball. There is a team based out of Philadelphia and out of Pittsburgh. The Philadelphia Eagles play on Lincoln Financial Field. The Lincoln Financial Field has a capacity of 67,594 people. The Pittsburgh Steelers play on the Heinz Field with a capacity of 65,500 people. The state also has two teams represented in the National Hockey League: Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers play in the Wells Fargo Center, which has a capacity of 19,537 fans. The Penguins play in the Consol Energy Center with an attendance capacity of 18,387 people. Lastly, the Philadelphia Union plays in PPL Park in Chester, PA. The stadium has a capacity of 18,500 people.
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