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Overview

Incorporated in 1791 and named the state capital in 1812, Harrisburg occupies 11.4 square miles along the east bank of the beautiful Susquehanna River, an important part of the Harrisburg transportation center. Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak lines both serve the transportation needs of the Harrisburg metropolitan area. Complimenting routes along the Susquehanna River Valley Region nine miles northeast is Harrisburg International Airport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, population of Harrisburg area was about 450 less in 2015 than the 49,528 reported in 2010 Census. Set in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the greater Harrisburg area is the Dauphin County seat but also occupies part of Cumberland County. Rated by Forbes in 2010 as the second-best place in United States of America to raise a family, new projects underway will strengthen the community’s financial progress.

Ongoing fiscal crisis created by poorly managed city finances and inability to repay its bond debt have driven the poverty rate to almost 34 percent. Median household income is $32,476 and per capita income is $18,559 per capita.

Harrisburg School District is moving toward financial and academic success by the end of school year 2017-2018. A mandatory five percent reduction in salaries between 2012-2014 resulted in loss of numerous staff positions. District salaries were restored to pre-reduction levels during 2014-2015 school year too late to avoid high turnover at all levels.

With a promising rise in job growth and the school district’s progress toward increased success in all areas, this year’s 100th anniversary of Kipona over Labor Day weekend will have much to celebrate. The annual, three-day celebration of art, music and festivals unfolds along the Susquehanna River at Riverfront Park in Downtown Harrisburg.

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Economy

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.

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Schools, Colleges

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.

Hospitals

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.

Taxes

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.

Crime Rates

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.

Popular Neighborhoods

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