Types of Businesses, Economic Growth
Government, heavy manufacturing production of steel, agriculture and food services were main industries here.
Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce released news of three projects underway in 2016. Building the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, the Sunbury Pipeline and supporting the transition between sources of energy at the Sunbury Generation plant are estimated to generate 1,500 new jobs in construction and another 1,500 in hospitality, restaurants, medical and administrative roles.
Graduation rate is 78.9 percent. The Harrisburg School District is a Title I district with many single-parent homes, homelessness and other displacements. More than 6,400 students are enrolled in its five elementary, three middle, and one high school with two campuses. Students in grades 3-8 completed the 2015 Pennsylvania Core Standards for the first time. Eighteen percent demonstrated proficiency or higher on English Language Arts and six percent achieved proficiency in mathematics. High school students at the SciTech Campus scored well above their John Harris Campus peers with 49 percent proficiency in Literature, 29 percent in Biology and 25 percent in Algebra I.
Colleges include Temple University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Messiah College, and Capital Area School for the Arts.
PinnacleHealth Hospital in Harrisburg nearly ranks nationally by U.S. News World Report. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ranks nationally in one adult and five children’s specialties. Carlisle Regional Medical Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg and Holy Spirit Hospital are nearby.
Local services tax tripled in 2016 to $156 per year for people who work in the city and earn more than $24,000 per year. Dauphin County millage rate for 2016 is 6.876 plus .35 library tax. Municipal and school taxes vary widely.
Readingeagle.com reported that major crimes stayed about the same in the years between 2004-2013, dropping to 2,685 in 2013. Murder and burglary are on the rise, up 55 and 28 percent, respectively. Rapes reported decreased by 16 percent and theft by 13 percent.
Hardscrabble is a mostly residential neighborhood along the Susquehanna River. Campus Square, a Gold LEED certified office and retail space, and neighborhood amenities include a bookstore and cafe and Sunken Gardens.
Shipoke is a small, affluent neighborhood of about 400 residents made up of retirees, white-collar professionals, artists, clergy and government professionals. Community events include major holidays and summer activities.
Mount Pleasant is a historic district dotted with numerous Victorian architecture buildings and homes. Close proximity to schools attracts new residents.
Culture and Lifestyle
This culturally diverse community, where more than one-fifth of residents speak more than one language, keeps Harrisburg’s community heartbeat going strong with a trove of activities, events and amenities including:
- Echo Dell and Indian Echo Caverns
- Pennsylvania Farm Show, largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United States, will celebrate its centennial anniversary January, 2017.
- Cherry Crest Farm
- Hollywood Casino
- The National Civil War Museum
- Civil War Flag Conservation Facility
- Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center and Water Golf
- ABC Lanes West bowling
- West Shore Theatre
- Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
- Pennsylvania National Fire Museum
- Pennsylvania State Library
- Camp Curtin Historical Society
- Harrisburg City Island recreational complex, home of Professional Minor League Baseball team Harrisburg Senators