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Harrisburg is a city in Dauphin County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named by John Harris, who laid out the town; his father, also named John, was an Indian trader who settled here

The latitude of Harrisburg is 40.273N. The longitude is -76.884W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 335 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 48,322.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$26,920
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Harrisburg demographic reports
Harrisburg is on the Susquehanna River.
Confederate forces reached the city during the Civil War, but turned back after the battle of Gettysburg
Public transportation: Capital Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 687. The number of murders and homicides was 6. The violent crime rate was 14.1 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Richard Sanders, actor (Les Nessman on "WKRP in Cincinnati")
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Kipona Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
  • American MusicFest - June 30-July 4, 2007
  • African American Family Festival - June 29-July 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Harrisburg web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Open Stage
Nearby parks & recreation: Gifford Pinchot State Park, Memorial Lake State Park
Sports teams: Senators (minor league baseball), Harrisburg City Islanders (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, State Museum of Pennsylvania, National Civil War Museum
Colleges and universities: Widener University-Harrisburg Campus, Harrisburg Area Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 169
Quotes:
?We emerged upon the streets of Harrisburg, whose feeble lights, reflected dismally from the wet ground, did not shine out upon a very cheerful city.
-- American Notes
Charles Dickens

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Harrisburg demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dauphin County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Harrisburg area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 17101 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Harrisburg residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Harrisburg ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Harrisburg was $15,787, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

14% of Harrisburg residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Harrisburg include Harrisburg Historic District, Midtown Harrisburg Historic District, Mount Pleasant Historic District, Old Downtown Harrisburg Commercial Historic District, Old Uptown Harrisburg Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Harrisburg, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $402.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $825.


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Libraries in Harrisburg include East Shore Area Library, Harrisburg Downtown Branch, Harrisburg Uptown Branch, Kline Village Branch Library, State Library of Pennsylvania ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Harrisburg include Patriot-News

TV stations in Harrisburg include WHP, WHTM, WITF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WITF-FM., WXPH.

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Dauphin County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Harrisburg political report.

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Harrisburg restaurants taking online reservations include Haydn's on Pine ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Harrisburg workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Harrisburg between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ ?We emerged upon the streets of Harrisburg, whose feeble lights, reflected dismally from the wet ground, did not shine out upon a very cheerful city. ”
~ American Notes
Charles Dickens

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