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Overview

Introduction to Harrisburg, Illinois

Located in Saline county, Harrisburg, Illinois, is 56 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center) and 112 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Harrisburg History

In 1853, the community of Harrisburg was marked as a village comprising of an area of twenty acres. It was incorporated as a town in 1861, and was reincorporated as a city in 1889. The city was named after James Alexander Harris, a farmhouse owner, who donated land for the first additions to the town. Coal mining was originally the major industry in the city. The New York Central Railroad began running a line to Harrisburg in the year 1872.

Harrisburg and nearby Attractions

  • Saline county Area Historical Museum
  • Saline county State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • New Harmony State Historic Site
  • Adsmore Museum

Things To Do In Harrisburg

Located on the city's southern edge, the Saline County Area Historical Museum is home to the three-story Old Pauper Home and other historic buildings, along with a one-room school house, cabins, and a small church. The Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area has many activities such as camping, boating, and fishing. In addition, the city celebrates the annual Saline County Fair in the month of July.

Harrisburg Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Williamson County Regional Airport.

Harrisburg Higher Education

John A. Logan College, University of Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offer classes for higher education.

People

Total Population 9,247
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,133
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 36.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,735
% Above Poverty Level 72.5%
% Below Poverty Level 27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $571
Median House Value $65,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 22.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harrisburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Saline
Standard Zip Codes 62946
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.738
Longitude -88.54

Harrisburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HARRISBURG
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station MARION 4 NNE
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station DIXON SPRINGS AGR CENTER
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carrier Mills 2,081 $38,900
Eldorado 4,103 $33,690
Equality 551 $53,750
Galatia 941 $51,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harrisburg Public Libraries

Library
Harrisburg P.l.d.
2 WEST WALNUT STREET
Harrisburg, Illinois
(618) 253-7455

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Harrisburg Hospitals

HARRISBURG MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
100 HOSPITAL DRIVE
(618) 253-7671
Emergency Service: Yes

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Harrisburg High Schools

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HARRISBURG HIGH SCHOOL
333 W COLLEGE ST
618-253-7635
Serves 606 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

SCHOOL DISTRICT 428 IYC-HRB
1201 W POPLAR
618-252-8681
A Non-traditional School
Serves 277 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

LEARNING ALT BRANCH HARRISBURG
37 W MAIN ST
618-253-7622
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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