Pennsylvania July 20, 2018
11 Things You Actually Need To Know Before Picking Up And Moving To Pennsylvania
So, you’re thinking of moving to Pennsylvania? Just one question: What took you so long? Ask any Pennsylvanian why they moved to PA, and you’re likely to hear a plethora of reasons. And, that’s because PA is pretty fantastic, offering world-class educational opportunities, top-notch medical services, and some of the friendliest people in the county. (And, that’s just the beginning.) But, before you make that final decision, consider these 11 things you need to know before moving to Pennsylvania.
1. You’ll drive over/in
a lot of potholes.
PA really does have its fair share of potholes. So, get ready to learn the art of maneuvering around them like a pro. Cities and towns will fix the pesky potholes over the summer, only to have winter come along and bring them all back.
2. We call it PA.
That’s it. Just PA. You’ll easily be able to spot a Pennsylvanian by how he or she refers to our beloved state. (Hint: If you want to fit in quickly, start calling it PA
3. We have all four seasons, sometimes in a single day.
All four seasons promise natural beauty in PA. (But, you’ll definitely want to check out the fall foliage.) Suffering from the winter blues? Well, give it time – sometimes even a few hours – before a burst of warm air passes through. PA’s will definitely keep you on your toes, often going from frigid temps in the morning to summer temps in the afternoon.
4. We pay the highest gasoline tax in the United States.
That’s right, we even beat out California for the highest gasoline tax in the nation. Pennsylvanians pay 58 cents tax per gallon of gasoline. The average for the rest of the nation? A mere 30.5 cents.
5. Your GPS will be your best friend.
All those potholes? Sure, they’re an annoyance. But, what’s really frustrating is the rising costs of driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Annual toll increases are expected through at least 2047. If you’re moving to PA, you’ll use your GPS to find alternative routes to driving on the turnpike. (Don’t worry, though, the alternate routes are often prettier and more enjoyable to drive.)
6. You’ve gotta pick a side.
You may have already picked a side: Steelers or Eagles? Phillies or Pirates? Of course, we can’t forget the state rivalry of Wawa versus Sheetz.
7. PA’s only got
You read right. PA’s home to only one official town: Bloomsburg. All the rest? Cities, boroughs, townships. If you want to experience a real PA-town, head to Bloomsburg. (Side note: We also lay claim to the smallest city in America: Parker.)
8. You’ll need plenty of willpower.
That’s right. You’re moving to a state that’s known for its delicious foods
and goodies. (PA’s known as the Snack Capital of the U.S.) Famous PA foods include scrapple, chipped chopped ham, and shoofly pie. And, the popular snacks range from Hershey’s chocolate and Herr’s to Hanover and Peeps.
9. The cost of living might surprise you.
PA’s a pretty affordable place to live, especially if you’re coming from a larger city. In fact, the median home cost in PA stands at around $168,000 while the national median is $216,200.
10. You’ll always have plenty to do.
You can fill every minute of your spare time, if you really want to. PA boasts 121 state parks, a national forest, historical villages, and impressive museums, theaters, and other attractions.
11. You’ll feel right at home.
Welcome home. No matter where you move in the state, Pennsylvanians are a genuinely friendly, welcoming bunch. Spend a few minutes waiting for the bus or sitting on a mall bench, and you’re likely to make a new friend.
What else would you tell those thinking about moving to Pennsylvania? Would you encourage it? Why or why not? Join the discussion below. Then,
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