This week, we’re taking a look at the way Pennsylvanians live, work and go to school.
And while you may have heard tell that agriculture is the Keystone State’s largest industry, some new numbers from the Pennsylvania State Data Center – a treasure trove of numbers for the data nerds among you – tells a slightly different story.
Let’s play the Numbers Racket.
1.04 million: That’s the total number of Pennsylvanians employed by the health care and social assistance industries. And according to the Penn State folks, they’re the state’s largest employer. Sorry, farmers and tourism.
354,025: The total number of employer establishments in Pennsylvania.
14,417: The total number of professional, science and technology establishments in the state.
58,000: The total number of farms in Pennsylvania.
7.63 million: The total acreage of those farms.
$2.03 billion: The value of the state’s top agricultural commodity — milk.
12.8 million: The state’s total, estimated population, as of July 1, 2017
51 percent: The 6.53 million women who live in Pennsylvania
49 percent: The 6.27 million men who live in Pennsylvania
72.2 percent: The share of the state’s population who are native-born Pennsylvanians
9.8 million: The 76.5 percent of Pennsylvanians who identify as white
1.4 million: The nearly 11 percent of the state’s population who are black or African-American
940,635: The 7.3 percent of Pennsylvanians who identify as Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
40.7: The state’s median age
A Bit of Income Information:
$75,949: The state’s median family income
$53,292: The state’s per-capita income
About $88,000: The base pay for a rank-and-file state lawmaker. Legislative leaders earn more.
6.42 million: The total civilian labor force in 2017
4.9 percent: The unemployment Rate in 2017
1.6 million: The number of people in poverty
12.5 percent: Pennsylvania’s poverty rate
$756.3 billion: Pennsylvania’s gross state product
In the Classroom:
90.6 percent: The percentage of Pennsylvanians, aged 25 and older, who are high school graduates and higher
31.4 percent: The percentage of Pennsylvanians, aged 25 and older, with a Bachelor’s Degree or better
1.72 million: Total public school enrollment
254,498: Total non-public school enrollment
1.7 percent: The drop-out rate
$67,535: The average public school teacher salary
66.2 percent: The percent of public school students who are college-bound
Where We Live:
5.7 million: The total number of housing units in the state
5 million: Total households
3.2 million: Family households
68.3 percent: The home ownership rate
75.6 percent: Single-family units
4 percent: Mobile homes
$893: Median gross monthly rent
60.3 percent: Owner-occupied homes with a mortgage
$181,200: Median value of owner-occupied housing
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