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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 49,230. 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
$78,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$834
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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Harrisburg Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    475.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    26.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    73.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    325.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    465.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,479.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227.7
    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
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    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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I currently live, work, and go to school (graduate level) in Harrisburg. Harrisburg is a great city to live in and I have walked around (primarily downtown area) at all times and have not felt unsafe. The riverfront is beautiful and there is always joggers and bikers. I wish that more businesses would invest in the city, but we are booming a lot more than what we were a couple years ago. I definitely see a shift to a younger population, and crime has gone way down since we moved in 3 years ago. I can't wait to see what our city has in store and what else is coming! As a republican, I do wish that I would see more republicans in leadership positions for the city, but that is why we have voting.
The area of harrisburg that I live in is remotely safe and clean. I know certain parts of the city have a lot of littering, which is something I hope we can all change together. The captial building is really cool to see in person, and city island a great place to go outside for a nice walk, and mini golf!