Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


  • Pennsylvania became a state December 12, 1787, the 2nd state admitted to the Union.
  • Harrisburg became state capital: 1812
  • Settled: 1718
  • Name Origin: Named for John Harris who opened a trading post on the river there

Harrisburg was settled in 1718 when John Harris opened a trading post on the Susquehanna River. It became the capital in 1812.

Many people say the present capitol is the finest in the nation. It was dedicated in 1906 and has a beautiful riverside park, museum, and Forum. Its style is called “Italian Renaissance” and it has 651 rooms and a 272-foot dome, imitating St Peter’s in Rome.

Harrisburg is in “Pennsylvania Dutch” country. There are many farms and big red barns around the area. Hershey — where all that candy is made — is a few miles away and has a “chocolate” amusement park. Gettysburg National Military Park is not far away.

Key Words: Finest, Dutch, Chocolate, Forum, St Peters

Things To Love About Harrisburg

The overrich lushness of the capitol-building art; the big-town small-town feel with farm-surround; the working class; the river and the wooded atmosphere; Mr Hershey’s legacy just down the road, the sweetest person of philanthropy; chocolate and love.

Blogs To Read About Harrisburg

The Corn Is Dead  https://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=12978#more-12978

Looking For Socks  https://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=13054

Bird-In-Hand Is Better  https://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=13129

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 49,528, 39th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 6,092 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 8.13 square miles
  • Elevation: 360 feet, 29th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 36/23, July 86/67. Annual rainfall: 42 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Susquehanna River
  • Mountains near: Appalachian Mountains. Mount Davis, in the southwest part of the state, is the highest point in Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Annapolis, MD 111; Dover, DE & Trenton, NJ 125; Hartford, CT 288
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 124

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 49,528             Population
  • 26.8%              Under 18
  • 9.1%                 Over 65
  • 3.5%                Asian
  • 52.4%              Black
  • 18.0%              Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.5%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 24.8%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 16.9%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 79.9%              High School Graduate
  • 17.6%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 31.6%               Below Poverty Level
  • $19,061           Per Capita Income
  • $32,949          Median Household Income
  • $83,800          Median Value of Home
  • 39.8%              Home Ownership

City: http://harrisburgpa.gov/

Visitors: http://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/index.asp