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County Map[edit]

Why is the City of Philladelphia labeled on the county map? I understand why Harrisburg is labeled, but it does not seem appropriate to label Philly in this map.nChanq (talk) 15:49, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Since 1854 everything in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania has been part of the city of Philadelphia - a bit confusing, but it is both a city and a county. Ruhrfisch ><></fo--nt>°° 15:54, 5 May 2010 (UTC)
Also, on some of those maps for other states, I've seen both the capital and largest city labeled, which may explain the situation with this map. AlexiusHoratius 15:58, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Demographics: SERIOUS statistical error[edit]

In the "Demographics" section, there is a chart listing the racial makeup of the state population (White, Black, AIAN*, Asian, NHPI*). Below that, there is a list of the "largest ancestry groups". The sum of percentages of the ancestry groups adds up to about 100%. This is obviously incorrect, because all of the ancestry groups listed are white, but the racial demographic chart indicates that only 87.6% of the population is white. This means two things: 1) that a significant portion (12.4%) of the population is omitted in this list of ancestry groups, and 2) the percentages that ARE listed for ancestry groups are skewed to cover the omission. I don't think it would serve this article to completely delete the ancestry information, but more accurate information should be sought out. A 12.4% inaccuracy is atrocious, and does not tell the correct story about the state demographics. Parker 01:58, 13 June 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.100.36.143 (talk)

I have edited the article to add this statement, in order to qualify what the ancestry percentages really show: "The largest ancestry groups are listed below, expressed as a percentage of total people who responded with a particular ancestry for the 2006-2008 census". However, an ancestry listing that includes the 12.4% non-white population of the state should still be sought. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.100.36.143 (talk) 06:12, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Marcellus Shale[edit]

The subject of Marcellus Shale drilling is not covered. All is One (talk) 23:05, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Municipal consolidations[edit]

The proposals are not mentioned. All is One (talk) 23:05, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

how can i put up pictures of cities in pennsylvania? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.54.242.143 (talk) 19:08, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

2010 Census[edit]

Updates should be made citing results from the 2010 Census such as ... http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/apportionment-dens-text.php etc. 70.15.11.44 (talk) 20:26, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

State Symbols[edit]

Hey so I've noticed on a lot of other US State Wiki pages, their state symbols are consolidated into a info box, underneath the main info box. Just wondering if anyone thinks we should do this instead of having them at a chart at the bottom. Here is the link to the template for the info box if anyone wants to get started: Template:Infobox U.S. state symbols. Thanks! Peetlesnumber1 (talk) 00:44, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

I considered that, however there doesn't appear any standard format between states. Not to mention that the infobox doesn't allow for some of the odd / nonstandard symbols Pennsylvania has (like a state "Beautification Plant", a state electric locomotive, a state steam locomotive, or state coat of arms). ​​​​​​​​Niagara ​​Don't give up the ship 02:30, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

2011 Pennsylvania Susquehanna Flood and Aftermath[edit]

We went national here on this. You need to update this information. --

2011 Pennsylvania Susquehanna Flood and Aftermath

63.3.2.1 (talk) 01:01, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. See Tropical Storm Lee (2011) for some coverage. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:56, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

File:The First Minnesota by Don Troiani. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 2, 1863.jpg Nominated for speedy Deletion[edit]

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Edit request on 14 June 2013[edit]

Under Government there are a list of counties where Democrats are powerful and where Republicans are powerful. I am writing to request DELAWARE COUNTY be moved to the list where republicans are powerful. I believe this to be true holding that in the past 20 years a democrat has represented the 7th district only for 1 term, a majority of PA House and Senate members have been republican for over 30 years, and the fact that since the home-rule charter in 1972 no democrat has help a county council or county-wide row office seat. The wikipedia page for Delaware County even reaffirms the GOP stronghold over decades. Thank You

StephansDesigns (talk) 19:16, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Not done: I believe you are referring to the paragraph under the "Regional strength" section. I have removed that paragraph entirely as it is unreferenced and borders on original research. I might not object to re-adding it with a proper source. —KuyaBriBriTalk 13:59, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

Regional Cities[edit]

The paragraph in geography about regional cities there is a reference Harrisburg-York a hub of the central region. I would think it would be more appropriate to cite these cities as south-central( like Williamsport being a "hub" of the north-central area) and adding Altoona-State College as regional cities in the center of the state. I think this may be more correct. Bluestrike12 (talk) 18:45, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 20 September 2013[edit]

Update the Casinos in PA to 12 Casinos from 9. 74.94.15.66 (talk) 14:51, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made.  — daranzt ] 23:11, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

Sports--PSU head coach[edit]

This says the current coach for Penn State football is Bill O'Brien--this is incorrect as of this year. James Franklin is the new head coach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_State_Nittany_Lions_football#James_Franklin_era_.282014-present.29

Codyhosterman (talk) 00:16, 1 February 2014 (UTC)Cody

Cosmetic Problems with this Article[edit]

This article just looks bad on a quick sweep through of it.

1. There's an obnoxiously huge white space after the climate table caused by the two maps. The maps are supposed to be in the geography section, but clearly they aren't formatted correctly. I'll try tinkering with it, but I'm likely not the best at fixing this.

2. The climate data table itself looks scrunched and too compact. It could be longer and take up the whole row of the page.

3. The gallery section is humongous and looks cluttered. Do we really need a picture of every sizable community in Pennsylvania? It looks bad the way it currently is, and no doubt some cities need trimming. Can we stick with the major ones, please? A lot of the pictures don't even depict the city in an obvious way. In addition, it's better to have the images placed somewhere in the article than in a huge gallery. Sticking to images of the largest cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, Scranton, and a few others would do fine.

These are just my suggestions so the article is less clunky. I can try working on the first two, though the third may require more discussion. Scarlettail (talk) 02:08, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Agree re the gallery. Few of those photos are usefully illustrative, and many are altogether unremarkable. The same can be said for several of the photos in the body of the article as well. I think a bit of curation would improve the article substantially - in this case, less is certainly more. (I would start by removing the crayons.) JohnInDC (talk) 03:02, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
I agree that the crayons are really weird and out of place. The municipalities section should list just 10 or so, not 30, and the images should be moved up there. That's probably the next step.Scarlettail (talk) 03:45, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
I looked through other state articles and decided on the best, most suitable table for the cities, though a more basic table may work too. I considered a template like other large states have, since PA is 6th most populated, but apparently it's been deleted before. The rest of the gallery will likely go soon. Scarlettail (talk) 15:54, 3 April 2014 (UTC)