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Overview

Introduction to Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland county, is 48 miles W of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 68 miles NW of Baltimore, Maryland. The town is located in the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle area.

Carlisle History

The community of Carlisle, which was founded in 1751 by a group of Scots-Irish immigrants, was named after the town of Carlisle in England. The community was originally part of Lancaster County, and was officially incorporated on April 13, 1782. It was an important location during the Whiskey Rebellion when George Washington's troops assembled in Carlisle. In the Battle of Carlisle, on July 1, 1863, the community suffered an artillery attack launched by the Confederates. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School, established in the late 1870s, trained Native Americans to be "civilized" in accordance with the ways of white men. Among the well known residents of Carlisle were the Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher, and the Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe.

Carlisle and Nearby Attractions

  • John Harris Mansion
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Little Buffalo State Park
  • Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center
  • Williams Grove Amusement Park

Things To Do In Carlisle

The State Museum of Pennsylvania houses over 3 million artifacts depicting the history of Pennsylvania. The Freight Station Museum is another museum showcasing exhibits of historical significance. The National Apple Museum includes a recreated 19th century farm kitchen and early orchard photographs. Recreational activities like boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Gifford Pinchot State Park, Colonel Denning State Park, Caledonia State Park, and Little Buffalo State Park.

Carlisle Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Harrisburg International Airport.

Carlisle Higher Education

Carlisle is home to the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Dickinson College, and U.S. Army War College. Messiah College, and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania are nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,014
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+8,963
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married37.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.4%
Median Earnings25+$31,712
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,452
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,268

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,125
% Above Poverty Level80.7%
% Below Poverty Level19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work16.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.4%
Median Gross Rent$815
Median House Value$167,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.4%
Irish12.7%
Italian11.3%
English9.4%
Polish4.8%
Scottish4.1%
Welsh2.1%
French Except Basque2%
Dutch1.5%
Swedish1%
Hungarian0.9%
Russian0.8%
Arab0.7%
Slovak0.6%
African0.5%
German0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Czech0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Ugandan0.2%
Greek0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Somali0.1%
Canadian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Carlisle Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cumberland County
Standard Zip Codes17013, 17015
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.2
Approximate Longitude-77.2

Carlisle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBLOSERVILLE 1 N
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 35 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip41.8 inches
StationHARRISBURG CAPITAL CITY
Distance17.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 64 F
Annual Precip41.4 inches
StationBIGLERVILLE
Distance18.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip44 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dillsburg2,562$68,438
Landisburg245$63,125
Mechanicsburg8,989$69,091
Mount Holly Springs1,971$61,615
Newville1,274$49,583
Shiremanstown1,517$64,423

Carlisle Public Libraries

Bosler Free Library
158 WEST HIGH ST
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
(717) 243-4642

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Carlisle Hospitals

Carlisle Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
361 Alexander Spring Road
(717) 249-1212

Carlisle Public Schools

Bellaire El Sch
905 Waggoner's Gap Rd
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Carlisle Area Hs
623 W Penn St
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
High
Total Enrollment 1522
Crestview El Sch
240 Longs Gap Rd
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Hamilton El Sch
735 Clay St
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Lamberton Ms
777 S Hanover St
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 563
Letort El Sch
110 E South St
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Middlesex El Sch
250 N Middlesex Rd
ZIP: 17013
(717) 697-2362
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Mooreland El Sch
329 Wilson St
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
North Dickinson El Sch
151 N Dickinson School Rd
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Wilson Ms
900 Waggoner's Gap Rd
ZIP: 17013
(717) 240-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 543

Carlisle Private Schools

Dickinson College Children's Center
28 Garland Ave
ZIP: 17013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Northwestern Human Services Autism School
898 Waggoners Gap Rd
ZIP: 17013
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 43
The Christian School Of Grace Baptist Church
777 W North St
ZIP: 17013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
Allen Christian Day School
220 Boyer Rd
ZIP: 17015
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
Blue Ridge Mennonite School
2514 Walnut Bottom Rd
ZIP: 17015
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 55
St Patrick School
87 Marsh Dr
ZIP: 17015
Elementary
Total Enrollment 276
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