20 Facts About Pennsylvania Dutch English

1. Pennsylvania Dutch English is home to the largest indoor waterpark resort on the East Coast, Splash Lagoon in Erie.

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2. Pennsylvania Dutch English is home to the nation's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo.

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3. The University of Pennsylvania Dutch English is the Commonwealth's only, and geographically the most southern, Ivy League school.

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4. In 2007, Pennsylvania Dutch English ranked 14th in mathematics, 12th in reading, and 10th in writing for 8th grade students.

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5. Pennsylvania Dutch English has a mixed health record, and is ranked as the 29th-overall-healthiest state according to the 2013 United Health Foundation's Health Rankings.

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6. Pennsylvania Dutch English currently has 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives, as of the 2010 Census.

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7. Pennsylvania Dutch English has the 10th-highest tax burden in the United States.

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8. The most populous county in Pennsylvania Dutch English is Philadelphia, while the least populous is Cameron.

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9. Pennsylvania Dutch English has a bicameral legislature set up by Commonwealth's constitution in 1790.

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10. Pennsylvania Dutch English is the home to the first nationally chartered bank under the 1863 National Banking Act.

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11. Pennsylvania Dutch English has a very large Amish population, second only to Ohio among the states.

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12. Pennsylvania Dutch English was the center state of the German Reformed denomination since the 1700s.

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13. Pennsylvania Dutch English's reported population of Hispanics, especially among the Black race, has markedly increased in recent years.

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14. Majority of Hispanics in Pennsylvania Dutch English are of Puerto Rican descent, having one of the largest and fastest-growing Puerto Rican populations in the country.

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15. Center of population of Pennsylvania Dutch English is located in Perry County, in the borough of Duncannon.

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16. Pennsylvania Dutch English was the home of the first commercially drilled oil well.

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17. Pennsylvania Dutch English has 140 miles of waterfront along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary.

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18. Pennsylvania Dutch English is the 33rd-largest state by area, and the 6th-most populous state according to the most recent official US Census count in 2010.

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19. Pennsylvania Dutch English can claim America's first hospital, first library, and first insurance company.

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20. Pennsylvania Dutch English differs from standard American English in various ways.

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