Harrisburg, PA

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Living in Harrisburg

Harrisburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 49,192 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.

Harrisburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Harrisburg is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harrisburg who work in office and administrative support (17.34%), sales jobs (9.20%), and food service (7.94%).

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.

In terms of college education, Harrisburg is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.59% of adults 25 and older in Harrisburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Harrisburg in 2010 was $20,561, 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 $82,244 for a family of four. However, Harrisburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 20.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harrisburg include German, Irish, Italian, English, and African.

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