Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

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Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

About Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the state capital and the ninth largest city in the state. It is located in south central Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna River and is part of the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The metropolitan area has a population of over 500,000 people and is home to diverse industries such as government, transportation, health care, manufacturing, education, technology, and tourism. The region boasts numerous trails, parks, museums, and cultural attractions that draw visitors from all over. With its proximity to other major cities such as Philadelphia and Washington D.C., Harrisburg makes an ideal place to live due to its excellent public transportation options and easy access to amenities. Capital-city complex - Southeast-central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River.

State: Pennsylvania
Metro Area: Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area
City: Lower Paxton, Harrisburg, 128 total
Zip Codes: 17050, 17055, 17011, 17013, 17112, 17111, 17257, 17110, 17109, 17036, 56 total
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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-Carlisle Cost of Living

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

-36.2% lower than avg
+3.2% higher than avg
$1,012 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-13.4% lower than avg
Harrisburg-Carlisle Crime
24.6 / 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-Carlisle
   Capital-city amenities
   Central location
Air service
   Nearby mountains
Dull infrastructure
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