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In 1998, Pennsylvania's right to know law was adopted by the state legislature. The name of this law reveals its purpose, which is to mandate transparency in Pennsylvania government. In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, the law is also referred to as The Sunshine Law and defines what information is available and sets parameters for requests and maintenance of information. This law also provides for the creation of the Office of Open Records, whose function it is to assist the public in obtaining government records. Pennsylvania was admitted to the union on the 21st of December 1787; the state's population is 12.75 million people, divided into 67 counties. The state capital is Harrisburg but the two most populous and well known cities are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The University of Pennsylvania is the state's second largest private employer. However, several nationally known companies are located in Pittsburgh, including steel companies and various consumer goods. Search for state property records online through the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds database, listed by individual counties. Search for Pennsylvania open public records online. Link to all levels of Pennsylvania government for information on services which provide public records. Solicit vital, criminal, court and land records. See crime statistics and well as crime reports and state news. Find information on census data, vital statistics, economy data, education and background history of Pennsylvania. You can also browse current housing and real estate data, property and land values. Connect with municipalities and law enforcement for the most up to date local information. This site is updated regularly to bring you the newest services and records.

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Pennsylvania Missing Children

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  • Missing: Tataityanna Harris
    Tataityanna Harris, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/05/2019. Missing From Harrisburg, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Harrisburg Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-717-558-6900.
    September 16, 2019
  • Missing: Kevin Pratt
    Kevin Pratt, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/02/2019. Missing From Bensalem, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bensalem Township Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-215-639-3700.
    September 13, 2019
  • Missing: Felicia Elliott
    Felicia Elliott, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/22/2019. Missing From Darby, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Royersford Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-610-948-3305.
    September 10, 2019
  • Missing: Justin Darden
    Justin Darden, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/16/2019. Missing From Coatesville, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Coatesville Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-610-383-7000.
    September 05, 2019
  • Missing: Mark Hertzog
    Mark Hertzog, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/27/2019. Missing From Warminster, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Warminster Township Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-215-672-1000.
    September 05, 2019
  • Missing: Nalani Johnson
    Nalani Johnson, Age Now: 1, Missing: 08/31/2019. Missing From Penn Hills, Pa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Penn Hills Police Department (pennsylvania) 1-412-473-3705.
    August 31, 2019

Pennsylvania Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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Pennsylvania Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Paula Sparks • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • 48 Years Old
    March 26, 2018
  • Missing Person • Michael Rickard • Bethel Park, Pennsylvania • 25 Years Old
    March 15, 2018
  • Missing Person • John Harrison • Kittanning, Pennsylvania • 40 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • Daniel Kulling • Oil City, Pennsylvania • 34 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • John Stegall • Oil City, Pennsylvania • 61 Years Old
    March 06, 2018
  • Missing Person • Charli Berman • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • 22 Years Old
    February 23, 2018

Pennsylvania Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/17/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    40,164
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    614
  • Rape:
    3,827
  • Robbery:
    13,534
  • Aggravated Assault:
    22,189
  • Total Property Crime:
    247,016
  • Burglary:
    45,720
  • Larceny Theft:
    188,256
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,040

Pennsylvania American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/17/2019)

  • Pennsylvania's demographic and housing ACS survey of 12,758,729 being 4.06 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.8% males and 51.2% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Pennsylvania social characteristics data of 4,957,736 households, which make up 4.27 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 3,203,939 families with and without children. There are 3,115,016 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Pennsylvania American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 10,351,296 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 4.16 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 6,502,948 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Pennsylvania housing characteristics are collected from 5,578,393 dwellings making up 4.2 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 4,957,736 or uninhabited 620,657 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 4,957,736 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Pennsylvania Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    12,702,379
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    12,281,071
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    3%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    421,325
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    12,281,054
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    746,813
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,775,132
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,946,266
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    10,406,288
  • State's black resident population
    1,377,689
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    26,843
  • State's Asian resident population
    349,088
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,653
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    237,835
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    719,660
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    10,094,652
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    82%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    11%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    80%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Pennsylvania
  • Births
    150,713
  • Deaths
    125,104
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,139
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    87%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Pennsylvania Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    5%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    9%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,049,923
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Pennsylvania
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    5,518,558
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    268,794
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    5%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    72%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $152,300
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    20%
  • Total number of households
    4,893,127
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Pennsylvania Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $26,678
  • Statewide income of median households in Pennsylvania
    $49,501
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    13%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $481,806
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $38,793
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    6,414,162
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    519,440
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    7,304,947
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    331,776
  • People employed by the government
    811,853
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    355,275,307
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    48,635
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    303,115
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    761,673
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    19,625,449
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Pennsylvania
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    981,809
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    5%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    234,840,418
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    142,859,202
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    166,842,778
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    13,323
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Pennsylvania territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    18,275
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    3,075,368
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    7,809,244
  • Size in square miles of land
    44,817
  • Population per square mile
    283
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