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  1. Public Schools
    D
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Harrisburg is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 49,278. Harrisburg is in Dauphin County. Living in Harrisburg offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Harrisburg there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Harrisburg and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$82,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$824
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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Harrisburg Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    661.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    26.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    102.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    364.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    713.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,973.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    375
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

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Harrisburg Reviews

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In my opinion Harrisburg, PA is very unique. We have the best chips in town called Middlesworths and UTZ. There are plenty of cheap opportunities to live here. Harrisburg and PA in general is a slow state when it comes to restaurants. Harrisburg also lacks beauty in certain areas which are commonly and knowingly dangerous. Harrisburg cops respond very slow to 911 emergencies. Harrisburg sometimes have downtown event's and parties for the city. Traffic is always bad Monday through Friday usually starting from 7am to 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays are the best time to be in the city. Lines and restaurants aren't busy at all. No traffic! The best place in Harrisburg is our connecting greenbelt that circles Harrisburg. It's beautiful, breathtaking and a wonder spot to walk, run, bike and even swim. Great for family outings.
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Harrisburg city has a lot of problems, that being said it does have some gems as well. Midtown Cinema is an exciting experience, by far my favorite movie theater for seeing indie projects. Little Amps is a really modern coffee shop with decent coffee. Burger Yum has the best burgers and fries on the planet, you can quote me on that. Note is a really cool place to get brunch with mimosas. Broad Street Market is neat if you're into homemade goods. If you have the chance to see an orchestral concert at the Forum do it! Harrisburg needs some work but currently it's headed in an ok direction.
Great place to live and start a family. I grow up in central Pa and spent most of my youth living in Susquehanna Township. There are wonderful public schools which seek to prepare students for life beyond school. After completing high school I immediately entered the workforce while attending local community college. I was able to complete my degree and start a career in healthcare. I've been employee by a local healthcare system for the last fifteen years. I've taking on different roles during my career while being given the opportunity to advance as I gained experience and educational achievements. All of my professional and educational achievements have given me the ability to raise, care, and support my growing family. I could't have picked a better area to start a family and fulfilling career.