Population: 49,160Median home value: $83,800 59 Ranks better than 17% of areas
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A+ Harrisburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Harrisburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Pennsylvania
8812% less expensive than the US average
100same as the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Harrisburg cost of living
F Harrisburg Crime Total crime is 115% higher than Pennsylvania
Total crime
4,21754% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2454% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
29%Year over year crime is up
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 or Harrisburg colleges

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%.

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Harrisburg - One of the Best Places to Call Home on the East Coast

When living in Bowling Green I was very amazed by many things there. Every place has its ups and downs but this place has a lot of ups!

The attractions in Bowling Green had to be some of the best. One of my all-time favorites was the underground boat ride. It is called the lost river cave and valley. The underground cave is so neat that it was featured in the Ripley's Believe It Or Not book. Another cool attraction is the Aviation Heritage Park. This park is there to represent all the past aviators that have lost their lives. One last really cool attraction is the Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball stadium. This is a very affordable family attraction that all with absolutely love. Those are not all the attractions, just a few big ones. The community there holds quite a few events that are very nice. For the most part the area is very community oriented. When it comes to dining there is a little something for everybody. I was very pleased with all the dining options available to me. Also, all of the restaurants are 100% smoke free! There was not a whole lot of nightlife except for a few sports bars. I personally don't need a whole lot of nightlife but if your one of those people who do, you might have to take a drive. When it comes to shopping there is a pretty decent amount of shops. They have a nice mall along with a few outlet stores. There are also some neat little country stores, anybody can enjoy.

Overall when it comes to living in Bowling Green, it is rather enjoyable. I would recommend living here to almost anybody who doesn't mind a little country. If you are in the area and have time, I would defiantly stop by for a visit!
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Safe city to live and raise family

I've lived in Harrisburg for several years now. I came here from a much larger city so it took a little adjusting at first, but I eventually I fell in love with this place.

Harrisburg is a lovely smaller city, with a downtown area that covers a few blocs and has a city feel to it, yet just a few minutes drive from downtown are some very nice, quiet, and upscale neighborhoods of single family homes with plenty of yard space for those who like a suburban feel, yet can be minutes from the city. Overall, the city and its surroundings are very drivable, there is practically no traffic, and most to all of the neighborhoods are very affordable and safe. There are plenty of good schools.

There are enough parks and recreation areas. There are some large playgrounds for kids. The city is very green and has plenty of nature trails and outdoor activities. There also seems to be one of everything in entertainment: small area of bars and nightlife, several museums, a symphony orchestra, plenty of gyms and shopping, etc.

Perhaps Harrisburg is a not a place for those seeking a booming metropolitan area with tons to do and vibrant night life, the price for which is usually cramped living, higher costs and higher crime rates. But for those seeking a nice, not too remote, place to raise a family, Harrisburg is a great fit.

One area Harrisburg could do better with is food. This city is by no means a food mecca, neither for restaurants, nor for grocery stores. It would be nice to have more food variety, more multicultural food options, and just better places to go out to eat or shop. Another lagging area in Harrisburg is public transportation, anywhere outside few blocs of inner city one can't get around without owning a vehicle.
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Harrisburg, PA - The Best Weekend Gataway

I love Harrisburg! No, really, I love Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While choosing a weekend getaway Harrisburg came up on my list of cities close by. Considering that I have never been, I decided to give it a go. Upon arriving in Harrisburg I instantly fell in love with this capital city with a small town feel to it.

If you are a history buff such as me, you cannot go wrong with visiting this city. I paid homage to the National Civil War Museum and was in awe of their collection. I did run into a few problems with directions on my way to the museum, took me a while to find it after initially seeing a street sign directing me to the museum. However, it was worth it, touring the museum was an emotional experience.

During my stay in Harrisburg, I stayed at the Union Canal House, which is an Inn combined with a fantastic restaurant that offers a tranquil and romantic dining experience. The Inn is located on S. Hanover Street, and has a colonial feel to it. There is a secret tunnel located under The Union Canal House giving it a charm that is hard to come by in our modern world.
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