Harrisburg hosts North America’s biggest auto show featuring new and classic cars.
Research website numbeo evaluated Harrisburg on several factors, but not the comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Harrisburg gets high grades for its health care, property price to income ratio and traffic commute time as well as a relatively low pollution score. On the negative side, Harrisburg’s safety score ranks among the bottom 8% joining a global cohort of more dangerous cities in which to live.
From a business perspective, Harrisburg is home to large employers including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (estimated 21,885 employees), U.S. federal government including military branches (18,000), grocer Giant Food Stores (8,900), Penn State Hershey Medical Center (8,850), Hershey Entertainment and Resorts (7,500) and food maker The Hershey Company (6,500).
Turning to international trade perspective, the state of Pennsylvania shipped U$42.5 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2019. Its most valuable exports are coal (5.9% of Pennsylvania’s global total), miscellaneous medications (3.5%), liquefied propane (3.3%), human-use vaccines (2.6%), immunological goods for retail use (1.8%), aircraft including engines and other parts (1.7%), motorcycles with large piston engine (1.6%), palladium (1.4%), large helicopters (1.3%) and cell phones (also 1.3%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
Harrisburg’s unemployment rate was 13.3% at April 2020, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That metric compares to 3% one year earlier.
Capital Facts for Harrisburg, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Cathedral of Saint Patrick, John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, Market Square Presbyterian Church, Strites Orchard and The Forum Auditorium,
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Harrisburg, United States.
- Anita Nall, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Jul. 21, 1976)
- Jeremy Linn, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Jan. 6, 1975)
- LeSean McCoy, NFL football running back (born Jul. 12, 1988)
- Ciara Renée, actress (born Oct. 19, 1990)
- Marques Colston, NFL football wide receiver (born Jun. 5, 1983)
- Eric Mabius, actor (born Apr. 22, 1971)
- Megan Davies, pop singer (born Jul. 11, 1990)
- Ben Olsen, professional soccer player & manager (born May 3, 1977)
- Myla Dalbesio, model (born Jun. 26, 1987)
- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House (born Jun. 17, 1943)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Harrisburg resident: Harrisburgian
Population: 49,528 in 2019 (Harrisburg city limits)
Density: 6,107 people per square mile (2,358 per square kilometer)
Population: 278,299 in 2019 (Dauphin County)
Density: 530 people per square mile (205 per square kilometer)
Real GDP: US$21.17 billion in 2018 (Dauphin County)
Real GDP per person: $76,067
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a chained 2012 basis
Official currency used in Harrisburg: U.S. dollars
Bureau of Economic Analysis, Real Gross Domestic Product by County, 2015-2018.
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
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WorldOMeter, Harrisburg Population.
Each July 4, Harrisburgians celebrate Independence Day as an American national holiday.
Within city limits, Harrisburg occupies 8.1 square miles (21 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 49,528 Harrisburgians in 2019.
Harrisburg is also the seat for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Dauphin County has a land area of 525 square miles (1,360 square kilometers) with a population of 278,299 inhabitants in 2019.
At the city level, Harrisburg’s population density is more concentrated at 6,107 residents per square mile (2,358 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the encompassing Dauphin County to an average 530 inhabitants per square mile (205 per square kilometer).