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. Much of the housing stock in Harrisburg was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Harrisburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Harrisburg are a mix 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.

Harrisburg has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Harrisburg has quite a high level of public transit users. Harrisburg’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Harrisburg citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.90% of adults 25 and older in Harrisburg have a college 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.