Harrisburg demographics profile

StatisticHarrisburgPennsylvaniaNational
Population49,16012,783,977318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)6,04727791
Median age31.840.637.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)36%56%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1851%40%43%
Speak English80%89%79%
Speak Spanish12%5%13%
Harrisburg, PA has a population of 49,160 and is the 836th largest city in the United States. The population density is 6,047 per sq mi which is 2082% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 6574% higher than the national average. The median age in Harrisburg is 32 which is approximately 22% lower than the Pennsylvania average of 41. In Harrisburg, 36% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 80% speak English and 12% speak Spanish. 63% of Harrisburg residents were born in Pennsylvania, 21% were born out of state, 5% were born outside of the United States and 11% were foreign born.
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  • The population density in Harrisburg is 2082% higher than Pennsylvania.
  • The median age in Harrisburg is 22% lower than Pennsylvania.
  • In Harrisburg 32.61% of the population is White.
  • In Harrisburg 51.31% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Harrisburg 5.24% of the population is Asian.

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Harrisburg population breakdown by race

RaceHarrisburgPennsylvaniaNational
White32.61%81.37%73.35%
Black or African American51.31%11.03%12.63%
Asian5.24%3.14%5.22%
American Indian0.63%0.20%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.05%0.03%0.18%
Mixed race4.53%2.24%3.06%
Other race5.62%1.98%4.75%
In Harrisburg, 19.4% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Harrisburg, PA demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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