Harrisburg is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 16,075 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Harrisburg is the 74th largest community in North Carolina. Much of the housing stock in Harrisburg was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Harrisburg economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Harrisburg, where the median household income is $90,872.00.
Harrisburg real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Harrisburg house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Harrisburg is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harrisburg is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harrisburg who work in management occupations (18.71%), office and administrative support (13.41%), and business and financial occupations (11.87%).
Also of interest is that Harrisburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.77% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Harrisburg is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Harrisburg’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Harrisburg, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.72 minutes every day commuting to work.
The education level of Harrisburg ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Harrisburg, 46.69% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Harrisburg in 2010 was $33,723, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $134,892 for a family of four. However, Harrisburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Harrisburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Harrisburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harrisburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harrisburg include German, Irish, English, Italian, and African.
The most common language spoken in Harrisburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.