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Overview

Introduction to Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has something for everybody. History is everywhere in Harrisburg, due to its crucial roles in United States history during the Westward Migration, the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. The Pennsylvania Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad helped turn Harrisburg into one of the most industrialized cities in the country. Today, Harrisburg and the Capital Region, which includes Hershey and Carlisle, offer residents and visitors many benefits. The area boasts the world’s tallest splashdown amusement park ride. It has lots of fishing, biking, and hiking to enjoy. And its zoos, caves, theater, and sporting events offer a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family.

Harrisburg Culture

Harrisburg is one of the oldest American state capital cities in the Northeast. This is one of the reasons it enjoys such prominence as a cultural and arts-related destination. The city is relatively close to such urban centers as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and these cities have a heavy influence on Harrisburg. The city government, the corporate sector, and the larger community all have an impact on the culture. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts offers education, science, and performing arts to the public. The 1,700-seat Forum concert and lecture hall is located in the capital complex and is home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The Pennsylvania Farm Show happens every year and is the largest event of its kind in the country.

Harrisburg Sports and Leisure

For baseball fans, Harrisburg has the Eastern League Harrisburg Senators, who play in Commerce Bank Park. The Harrisburg City Islanders play for the United Soccer League in the Skyline Sports Complex. And for ice hockey fans, there’s the AHL Hershey Bears, who play in the Giant Center. The city’s Bureau of Recreation offers residents many opportunities to participate in self-improvement activities year round. This includes educational, cultural, and sports and fitness programs. Residents have the chance to broaden their minds and improve their bodies through sports and fitness workshops, clinics, and leagues.

Harrisburg Outdoors

There is no shortage of fun outdoor activities in the Harrisburg area. Many fields and forests offer residents the chance to enjoy sunny days of boating, hiking, and biking. Swimming in lakes or playing a round of golf are both popular activities. The Fall is when the colors of the leaves explode and residents can take in the sight with a hike along the Appalachian Trail. The area has almost 20 state and national parks that offer miles and miles of trails that wind through streams, rivers, and lakes. Winter time also offers outdoor adventures like sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing.

Harrisburg at Night

Dining out in Harrisburg mean great food and a wide selection of restaurants. The city’s Germanic heritage results in such regional specialties as apples and dumplings and sweet Lebanon bologna. The area has lots of agricultural fairs and farmers markets. Family restaurants serve local favorites, and the city restaurants serve a range of international cuisine. There are also many places to enjoy a cold beer, such as the Appalachian Brewing Company. This brewpub serves food that is fresh and inventive, and their ales and lagers are handcrafted.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,160
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens9.7%
Employed Population 16+19,669
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married28.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.2%
Median Earnings25+$27,656
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,733
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,417

Wealth

Median Family Income$35,536
% Above Poverty Level68.3%
% Below Poverty Level31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.9%
% Using Public Transportation9.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$786
Median House Value$83,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)59.1%
Irish6.3%
Italian3.3%
English2.3%
African1.8%
West Indian1.4%
Jamaican1.1%
Polish1%
Arab0.9%
Dutch0.7%
French Except Basque0.6%
German0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Russian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Harrisburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dauphin County
Standard Zip Codes17101, 17102, 17104, 17110, 17129, 17103, 17109, 17111, 17113, 17112
P.O. Box Zip Codes17105, 17106, 17108
Company Zip Codes17107, 17120, 17121, 17122, 17123, 17124, 17125, 17126, 17127, 17128, 17130, 17140, 17177
Phone Area Codes717
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.26
Approximate Longitude-76.89

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)

StationHARRISBURG CAPITAL CITY
Distance4.3 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
StationNEWPORT RIVER
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip40.7 inches
StationLANDISVILLE 2 NW
Distance26.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 64 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Camp Hill7,912$89,104
Lemoyne4,627$69,519

Harrisburg Public Libraries

Dauphin County Library System
101 WALNUT ST.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
(717) 234-4961

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Harrisburg Hospitals

Pinnaclehealth Community Campus
(Non-profit)
4300 Londonderry Road Harrisburg
(717) 782-3131
Pinnaclehealth Polyclinic
(Proprietary)
2501 North Third St Landis Bldg 4th Fl
(717) 724-6610
Pinnaclehealth Harrisburg Campus
(Non-profit)
111 South Front Street
(717) 782-3131

Harrisburg Public Schools

Capital Area School For The Arts Charter
150 Strawberry Square
ZIP: 17101
(717) 732-8450
High
Total Enrollment 178
Harrisburg Hs - Scitech Cmp
215 Market Street
ZIP: 17101
(717) 703-1900
High
Total Enrollment 332
Harrisburg Hs
2451 Market St
ZIP: 17103
(717) 703-4300
High
Total Enrollment 1165
Premier Arts And Science Charter School
500 North 17th Street
ZIP: 17103
(717) 236-3194
Primary
Total Enrollment 186
Downey Sch
1313 Monroe St
ZIP: 17103
(717) 703-1240
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Marshall Academy
301 Hale Ave
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-1400
Middle
Total Enrollment 179
Melrose Sch
2041 Berryhill St
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-1440
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
Sylvan Heights Science Cs
915 S 13th Street
ZIP: 17104
(717) 232-9220
Primary
Total Enrollment 217
Rowland Academy
1842 Derry Street
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-4500
Middle
Total Enrollment 812
Marshall Math Science Academy
301 Hale Avenue
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-1200
Middle
Total Enrollment 266
Foose Sch
1301 Sycamore St
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-1280
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Scott Sch
1900 Derry Street
ZIP: 17104
(717) 703-4560
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Dauphin County Technical School
6001 Locust Ln
ZIP: 17109
(717) 652-3170
High
Total Enrollment 991
Central Dauphin Ms
4600 Locust Lane
ZIP: 17109
(717) 540-4606
Middle
Total Enrollment 726
Central Dauphin East Ms
628 Rutherford Rd
ZIP: 17109
(717) 545-4703
Middle
Total Enrollment 653
Sara Lindemuth El Sch
1201 N Progress Ave
ZIP: 17109
(717) 657-5122
Primary
Total Enrollment 639
Phillips El Sch
100 Oakmont Rd
ZIP: 17109
(717) 657-3203
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Susquehanna Twp Ms
801 Wood St
ZIP: 17109
(717) 657-5125
Middle
Total Enrollment 606
North Side El Sch
4520 Devonshire Rd
ZIP: 17109
(717) 657-3201
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Susquehanna Twp Hs
3500 Elmerton Ave
ZIP: 17109
(717) 657-5117
High
Total Enrollment 868
Central Dauphin East Shs
626 Rutherford Rd
ZIP: 17109
(717) 541-1662
High
Total Enrollment 1357
Camp Curtin Academy
2900 N 6th Street
ZIP: 17110
(717) 703-4200
Middle
Total Enrollment 710
Benjamin Franklin Sch
1205 N 6th Street
ZIP: 17110
(717) 703-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 777
Thomas W Holtzman Jr El Sch
1910 Linglestown Rd
ZIP: 17110
(717) 657-5158
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
South Side El Sch
4525 Union Deposit Rd
ZIP: 17111
(717) 657-3204
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Lawnton El Sch
4400 Franklin St
ZIP: 17111
(717) 558-9430
Primary
Total Enrollment 235
Paxtang El Sch
3530 Rutherford St
ZIP: 17111
(717) 561-1781
Primary
Total Enrollment 243
Chamber Hill El Sch
6450 Chambers Hill Rd
ZIP: 17111
(717) 561-1655
Primary
Total Enrollment 225
Rutherford El Sch
6500 Clearfield St
ZIP: 17111
(717) 561-1990
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Linglestown Ms
1200 N Mountain Rd
ZIP: 17112
(717) 657-3060
Middle
Total Enrollment 701
Mountain View El Sch
400 Gibbel Rd
ZIP: 17112
(717) 657-8585
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Paxtonia El Sch
6135 Jonestown Rd
ZIP: 17112
(717) 657-3202
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Linglestown El Sch
1044 N Mountain Rd
ZIP: 17112
(717) 657-3211
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Commonwealth Connections Academy Cs
4050 Crums Mill Road, Suite 303
ZIP: 17112
(717) 651-7200
Other
Total Enrollment 8768
Central Dauphin Shs
437 Piketown Road
ZIP: 17112
(717) 703-5360
High
Total Enrollment 1672
West Hanover El Sch
7740 Manor Dr
ZIP: 17112
(717) 657-3210
Primary
Total Enrollment 470

Harrisburg Private Schools

St Stephen's Episcopal School
215 N Front St
ZIP: 17101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
Cathedral Consolidated School
226 Liberty St
ZIP: 17101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 163
Bishop Mcdevitt High School
2200 Market St
ZIP: 17103
Secondary
Total Enrollment 666
Hillside Seventh-day Adventist School
1301 Cumberland St
ZIP: 17103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Hansel & Gretel Early Learning Center
2206 Walnut St
ZIP: 17103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
St Margaret Mary School
2826 Herr St
ZIP: 17103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 391
Wordsworth Academy
1745 N Cameron St
ZIP: 17103
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Holy Family Elementary School
555 S 25th St
ZIP: 17104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 133
Al-huda
1007 Rana Villa Avenue
ZIP: 17105
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Harrisburg Adventist School
424 N Progress Ave
ZIP: 17109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Covenant Christian Academy
1982 Locust Ln
ZIP: 17109
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 228
Hansel & Gretel Early Learning Center
4820 Londonderry Rd
ZIP: 17109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
The Nativity School Of Harrisburg
2135 N 6th St 2nd Floor
ZIP: 17110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Rabbi David L Silver Yeshiva Academy
3301 N Front St
ZIP: 17110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
Londonderry School
1800 Bamberger Rd
ZIP: 17110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 139
Cornell Abraxas Group
2950 N 7th St
ZIP: 17110
Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
New Story School
2700 Commerce Dr
ZIP: 17110
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
Mona Lisa Whitworth
2300 Vartan Way
ZIP: 17110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
The Circle School
210 Oakleigh Ave
ZIP: 17111
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 66
St Catherine Laboure School
4020 Derry St
ZIP: 17111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 364
Harrisburg Christian School
2000 Blue Mountain Pkwy
ZIP: 17112
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 275
East Shore Montessori School
6130 Old Jonestown Rd
ZIP: 17112
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Aa To Zz Child Care And Learning Center
88 S Hershey Rd
ZIP: 17112
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Kindercare Learning Center 1282
6006 Jonestown Rd
ZIP: 17112
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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The Original John Harris home between 1910 and 1920

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The Original John Harris home between 1910 and 1920

Island Park between 1910 and 1920

Mulberry Street bridge between 1910 and 1920

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