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Harrisburg (Pennsylvania German: Harrisbarig) is the capital city of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 49,673, it is the tenth-largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 105 miles (169 km) west-northwest of Philadelphia and 204 miles (328 km) east of Pittsburgh. The Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, PA Combined Statistical Area is made up of six counties in south central Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 United States Census the CSA had a population total of 1,219,422, and ranked 3rd most populous in the state of Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and 43rd most populous in the United States. Harrisburg played a notable role in American history during the Westward Migration, the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. During part of the 19th century, the building of the Pennsylvania Canal and later the Pennsylvania Railroad allowed Harrisburg to become one of the most industrialized cities in the Northeastern United States. The U.S. Navy ship USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 at the end of World War I, was named in honor of the city. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the city's economic fortunes fluctuated with its major industries consisting of government, heavy manufacturing including the production of steel, agriculture (the greater Harrisburg area is at the heart of the fertile Pennsylvania Dutch Country), and food services (nearby Hershey is home of the chocolate maker, located just 10 miles (16 km) east of Harrisburg). The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United States, was first held in Harrisburg in 1917 and has been held there every early-to-mid January since then. Harrisburg also hosts an annual outdoor sports show, the largest of its kind in North America, as well as an auto show, which features a large static display of new as well as classic cars and is renowned nationwide. Harrisburg is also known for the Three Mile Island accident, which occurred on March 28, 1979 near Middletown. In 2010 Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family. Despite the city's recent financial troubles, in 2010 The Daily Beast website ranked 20 metropolitan areas across the country as being recession-proof, and the Harrisburg region landed at No. 7. The financial stability of the region is in part due to the high concentration of state and federal government agencies. The finances of the city itself however, were poorly managed and its inability to repay its bond debt has created an ongoing fiscal crisis.

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You might look at it and mistake it for a city from the Europe, owing to the color white that fairly dominates the architecture scene. Harrisburg is one city in USA that has played a pivotal role in the nation’s history. It has witnessed eventful, historical happenings including the Industrial Revolution, the Westward Migration, and the American Civil War. Harrisburg tourism mainly cashes in on its indoor and outdoor shows and activities. These include The Pennsylvania Farm Show which is the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the nation, an annual outdoor show, an auto show featuring a large static display of new as well as classic cars.

Speaking of attractions per say, visit Harrisburg for its National Civil War Museum that promotes the preservation of material culture and sources of information. The Pennsylvania State Capitol which is the seat of government for the state. Many more options to explore.

 

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Facts and Stats for Harrisburg*

  • Pollution Statistics in Harrisburg

    Know the pollution level of Harrisburg before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Harrisburg: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Harrisburg for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Harrisburg.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 63.64 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 61.36 (High)
    • Car Stealing 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 79.55 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 20.45 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 61.36 (High)
  • Living in Harrisburg - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 36.22 (Low)
    • Climate Index 74.52 (High)
    • Pollution Index 27.49 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 23.13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 80.56 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 1.54 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Harrisburg

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Harrisburg

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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