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Apartment Living in Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the original thirteen colonies and has played a major role in American history. In our early childhood days in school, we were told to remember that it was in Pennsylvania that we signed the Declaration of Independence; that it was there that the U.S. Constitution was drawn up; and if you wanted to check out the crack in the Liberty Bell, you had to find it over by Independence Hall. Anyone who loves American history will love to hear that there are several apartments conveniently located to these national treasures.
Over 12 million people appreciate this state's thriving urban cities and quiet rural communities. They take pride in their state and go to great lengths to make their guests, be it individuals in town for business or folks on vacation, feel at home and welcomed. People come from miles around to enjoy the Pennsylvania Dutch region, Hershey Chocolate World, Gettysburg National Military Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Poconos.
You don't have to visit, have a farm, home or apartment in Pennsylvania to appreciate the several professional league teams that Pennsylvania has to root for. The teams include the Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Known for its excellent higher education system, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania State University are only a few of the many universities and colleges throughout the state. With so many educational institutions, there's also an abundant supply of apartments for faculty, administration and students to rent.
For years, the state was a leader in steel; however, today natural resources such as coal, petroleum and natural gas are the state's most important producers. Manufacturing plays an important role in the state's economy as well. Then there are the over 50,000 farms and their dairy farm families that also play a significant role in this state's revenue. Unbeknownst to many, Pennsylvania also produces the most mushrooms in the nation. We can't forget to mention the billions of dollars and the thousands of jobs that tourism brings in. No matter your job choice, Pennsylvania has an apartment to suit your livelihood. The majority of apartments are located in the state's two largest cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia is the state's largest city and the fifth largest city in the nation. One and half million residents call this city home. The "City of Brotherly Love" and "Birthplace of the Nation" is rich in history. Homeowners and apartment dwellers relish in this city's many landmarks, world-class museums, entertainment venues, fashionable stores and upscale restaurants. Apartments are popular around these trendy neighborhoods and near The University of Pennsylvania campus. As with most big cities of this magnitude, apartments are pricey. With an overall cost of living that is 27 percent above the national average, you can expect to pay more for an apartment. One-bedroom apartments start in the $900 range and up.
The second largest city in Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh, a city that has been rated as one of "America's Most Livable Cities." Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University all call this city home, which helps keep the city youthful. With over 325,000 residents, this city's cost of living is just 6 percent above average. Apartments are clustered throughout the city and depending on the location, can range from $500 for a studio or twice as much for a unit by the water.