Trivial Pursuit, the Pa. Edition | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 17, 2021 6:30 am

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Quick! What’s the lowest point in Pennsylvania? How about the record high temperature? Miles of highway? 

In this week’s Numbers Racket we take a look at an olio of statistics about the Keystone State, courtesy of data from the Pennsylvania State Data Center


Lowest Point: Sea Level, The Delaware River

Highest Point: 3,213 ft, Mt. Davis, Somerset County.

Land Area: 44,743 sq. miles

Water Area: 1,312 sq. miles

Record High Temperature: 111 (Recorded July 9-10, 1936)

Record Low Temperature: -42 (Recorded Jan. 5, 1904)


120,720 … the number of linear roadway miles in Pennsylvania.

34.6 … the percentage of roads that are state owned. 

64.8 … the percentage of roads that are local, municipal owned. 

Did you know that more than half (54.8 percent) of Pennsylvania households have two or more vehicles? 


Here’s how Pennsylvanians commuted in 2019:

  1. 2 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who drove alone to work. 

8.4 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who carpooled to work. 

5.7 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who used public transportation to get to work. 

5.2 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who used other means of transportation to get to work. 

5.4 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who work at home. 


68.4 … the percentage of Pennsylvanians who own a home. 

192,600 … the median value of owner-occupied housing. 

59.1 … the percentage of owner-occupied homes with a mortgage. 

951 …  the median gross monthly rent in Pennsylvania. 


91 … the percentage of high school graduates or higher (age 25+)

32.3 … the percentage of bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+)

1,724,454 … the total number of public school enrollments. 

232,575 … the total number of non-public school enrollments

543 … the average SAT score in math in Pennsylvania. 

534 … the average SAT score in reading and writing in Pennsylvania. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.