Harrisburg, PA

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Harrisburg, PA

About Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA is the state capital located in Dauphin County near the Susquehanna River. Home to several museums and cultural sites such as National Civil War Museum and State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg provides its residents with plenty of activities such as visiting City Island Park or taking a stroll through Italian Lake Park. The area also features dozens of restaurants and various shops that make living here so enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for educational opportunities or just want easy access to big city attractions — Harrisburg is sure to please! Capital-city complex - Southeast-central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River.

State: Pennsylvania
County: Dauphin County
Metro Area: Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area
City: Harrisburg
Zip Codes: 17104 17103 17102 17101 17120
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 351 ft above sea level

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, features a nondescript, fairly unattractive downtown for a capital city. Amenities include an assortment of historic museums and a nice waterfront strip along the Susquehanna River. Beyond downtown, residential and industrial areas spread across the river into Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg to the west. The economy isn’t spectacular but is projected to grow because of the area’s relatively low cost of doing business and the strategic central location along key surface transportation routes within the eastern United States.

The city has some minor-league sports and other recreational amenities, but overall is quieter with less to do than many capital cities of its size. Carlisle is a satellite town 12 miles west, a fairly non-descript but growing retail, commercial and residential center. It also serves as a trucking hub at the junction of the northeast-southwest I-81 and the east-west Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cost of living is low for a capital city, especially in this region.

Harrisburg is in the Great Valley of the eastern foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. The landscape rises rapidly to the west into the main Allegheny ridge and becomes rolling to more level to the east. Thick deciduous forests cover the mountains with agricultural areas to the east and south. The Blue Mountain ridge serves as a barrier to modify the severe winter climate experienced 50 to 100 miles to the north and west. Summers are warm and humid as landforms allow warm, moist air to invade from the southwest. The city receives substantial precipitation. Occasional late summer and fall hurricanes produce downpours. First freeze is late October, last is late April.

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Harrisburg Cost of Living

Capital-city amenities, central location, and nearby mountains make Harrisburg a great place to live.

-59.2% lower than avg
-55.3% lower than avg
$962 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-19.3% lower than avg
Harrisburg Crime
45.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Harrisburg
   Capital-city amenities
   Central location
Air service
   Nearby mountains
Dull infrastructure
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I wouldn't recommend Harrisburg. I currently live here, but I'm moving to Lancaster in a month. The problem with Harrisburg is that many long-term residents often refer  More

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Over 7 years ago

I moved to Harrisburg right after college and have been here for about 6 years now. This city is OK. Downtown has some nicer restaurants, but still has just as many  More

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Having lived here many years I've noticed that some people are very nice but most won't give you the time of day.Due to many years of "lifetime" politicians, the city is  More

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