As the capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is a city with a stable economy and school district with cultural enhancements and affordable housing. In 2010, Forbes magazine rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the nation to raise a family. The website, The Daily Beast, ranked Harrisburg seventh out of 20 nationwide metropolitan areas as being recession proof.
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With a population of 49,673, according to the 2011 U.S. Census, Harrisburg is the ninth largest city in Pennsylvania. The area’s school children attend the Harrisburg School District.
According to city officials and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income for a household in Harrisburg was $26,920 and the median income for a family was $29,556. The per capita income for the city was $15,787.
Harrisburg is home to both federal and state agencies, providing the city with a stable economy. But more than 45,000 businesses call the Harrisburg Metropolitan area home. The businesses are diverse, serving a wide array of service-based industries, including the biotechnology industry. Major national companies, including Hewlett Packard, IBM, Harsco Corporation, Hershey Foods, Rite Aid Corporation, Volvo, and Tyco Electronics, have significant operations or are headquartered in the Harrisburg area.
People both visiting and living in Harrisburg will never be at a loss for recreation and entertainment. Harrisburg offers everything from the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest, free indoor agricultural expo to outdoor recreation and jazz festivals.
Outdoor recreation is a premium amenity for Harrisburg residents. According to city officials, Harrisburg has six parks, City Island and Beach, Riverfront Park, Italian Lake, Wildwood Lake Park, Reservoir Park and Capital Area Greenbelt.
Harrisburg’s downtown has undergone a revitalization which attracts jazz festival attendees and nightclubs. According to city officials, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is the first center of its type in the United States. The center hosts education, science and the performing arts under one roof. The Forum, a state-owned and operated lecture hall and concert hall, seats 1,763. Located in the State Capital complex, the Forum is the home of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
Harrisburg's role in American history may drive history buffs searching for a home for sale to Harrisburg. The 1839 the Whig Party held the first national convention in Harrisburg. William Henry Harrison was nominated for President of the United States with his Vice Presidential running mate John Tyler.
During the American Civil War, Harrisburg was an important training center for the Union Army. Tens of thousands of troops passed through Harrisburg’s Camp Curtin. The town’s railroad system was a strategic link between the Atlantic coast and the Midwest. The railroad system of Harrisburg attracted the attention of General Robert E. Lee who planned to capture Harrisburg in 1862, but the Battle of Antietam resulted in his retreat. During the Gettysburg Campaign in 1863, two miles outside Harrisburg was a skirmish at Sporting Hill, the northern-most battle of the American Civil War. Harrisburg was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
With an array of affordable housing options, Harrisburg homes for sale and Harrisburg real estate offers something for every budget with access to the capital’s many outdoor activities, performing arts, and a stable economy. Contact a Prudential Homesale Services Group real estate agent for help finding your future Harrisburg home.
|2010 to 2012 Changeup 0.6%|
|Age Distribution (Years Old)|
|0 to 46.2%|
|5 to 1722.7%|
|18 to 6456.6%|
|65 and Older14.5%|
|White (not Hispanic)69.3%|
|Place of Birth|
|High School Graduate, Age 25+88.7%|
|Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+27.0%|
|English is Second Language, Age 5+10.4%|
|English is First Language, Age 5+89.6%|
|Per Capita Income$28,658|
|Median Household Income$53,771|
|People in Poverty12.3%|
|Average Work Commute Time21 minutes|
|Total Housing Units121,188|
|Average Household Size2.40|
|Owner-Occupied Median Value$157,400|
|New Private Housing Issued 2012835|
|Years at Residence|
|1 Year or More84.7%|
|Less Than 1 Year15.3%|
|Business and Employment|
|Private non-farm Establishments6,862|
|Private non-farm Employment143,099|
|Private non-farm Employment Growthup 1.1%|
|Number of Firms19,512|
|Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender|
|Value of Shipments$0|
|Accommodation and Food Services$15,064|
|Sales Per Capita$676,791,000|
|Land Area525.05 sq. miles|
|Population Per Square Mile511|
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