Blatantly nicknamed Pennsylvania’s Capital City, Harrisburg is the state capital for Pennsylvania and is America’s 40th-most populated state capital city.
Harrisburg hosts North America’s biggest auto show featuring a static display of new and classic cars. Harrisburg’s metropolitan area includes Middleton which is where the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island occurred on March 28, 1979.
From a business perspective, Harrisburg is home to a cohort of large employers including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (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).
Pennsylvania shipped U$36.484 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Pennsylvanian exports are coal, retail packaged medicine, civilian aircraft, antisera and blood fractions, vaccines, liquefied propane and motorcycles according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Harrisburg was 4.3% as of May 3, 2017.
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: 49,000 (Harrisburg city limits)
Density: 6,049 people per square mile (2,333 per square kilometer)
Population: 273,707 (Dauphin County)
Density: 521 people per square mile (201 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$33.73 billion as of March 2015 (Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $59,380
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Harrisburg: U.S. dollars
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Pennsylvania state flag. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Harrisburg–Carlisle metropolitan statistical area. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Pennsylvania. Accessed on June 24, 2017
Within city limits, Harrisburg occupies 8.1 square miles (21 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 49,000 Harrisburgians in 2016.
Harrisburg is also the county seat for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. That county has a land area of 525 square miles (1,360 square kilometers) with a population of 273,707 inhabitants.
At the city level, Harrisburg’s population density is 6,049 residents per square mile (2,333 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the encompassing Dauphin County to an average 521 inhabitants per square mile (201 per square kilometer).
Harrisburgians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.