Harrisburg, PA
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Harrisburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 49,081 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Harrisburg is the 11th largest community in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harrisburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harrisburg is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harrisburg who work in office and administrative support (17.45%), maintenance occupations (8.50%), and food service (8.05%).

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.

Many people in Harrisburg take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Harrisburg citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of adults in Harrisburg who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.90% of the adults in Harrisburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Harrisburg in 2010 was $19,402, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,608 for a family of four. However, Harrisburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Harrisburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.77% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Harrisburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Harrisburg also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.09% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harrisburg include Irish, Italian, English, and African.

The most common language spoken in Harrisburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.