Harrisburg 60 Below average
Harrisburg Livability #1,623 ranked city in Pennsylvania#23,058 ranked city in the USARanks better than 21% of areas
A+ Harrisburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Harrisburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Pennsylvania
8911% less expensive than the US average
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Harrisburg cost of living
F Harrisburg Crime Total crime is 80% higher than Pennsylvania
Total crime
3,07323% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3323% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Harrisburg crime
F Harrisburg Employment Household income is 40% lower than Pennsylvania
Median household income
$32,68841% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,42735% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%94% higher than the US average
Harrisburg employment
D- Harrisburg Housing Home value is 50% lower than Pennsylvania
Median home value
$83,80055% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78617% lower than the US average
Home ownership
36%43% lower than the US average
Harrisburg real estate or Harrisburg rentals
F Harrisburg Schools HS graduation rate is 15% lower than Pennsylvania
High school grad. rates
73%12% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%33% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Harrisburg K-12 schools
C- Harrisburg User Ratings There are a total of 18 ratings in Harrisburg
Overall user rating
60% 18 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
51% 15 total surveys
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      Living in Harrisburg, PA

      Harrisburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. The city has a population of 49,160 residents. In Harrisburg, there are 6,047 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Individuals of White (33%) and Black or African American (51%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. With an average age of 32 years old, Harrisburg could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. Harrisburg is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 43% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Harrisburg could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Pennsylvania if you know where to search. The best areas in Harrisburg and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, weather, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Pennsylvania and national averages.

      Harrisburg, PA receives 59/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #1,653 in Pennsylvania and #24,141 in the USA. This is a lower than the US average livability score as Harrisburg does not rank well for most categories. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Harrisburg scores well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B). On a less positive note, Harrisburg does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Harrisburg, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Pennsylvania State Capitol, National Civil War Museum, and Appalachian Brewing Company.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Harrisburg is real estate affordability. The median home price for Harrisburg homes is $83,800, which is 50% lower than the Pennsylvania average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Harrisburg, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 16.1% lower than the Pennsylvania average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Harrisburg will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Harrisburg, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.2%.

      Harrisburg transportation information

      Average one way commute20min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work62.6%76.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.3%8.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit9.3%5.6%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk9.0%3.8%2.8%
      Working from home3.2%4.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Harrisburg, PA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).