Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and it’s 13th largest city. It sits on the Susquehanna River and is the hub of entertainment and shopping in the area. Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place to raise a family in America in 2010.
Harrisburg is home to the largest auto show, Eastern Sports and Auto Show and the Pennsylvania Farm Show, America’s largest indoor agriculture exposition.
The biggest employers are State and National Government and healthcare services as well as The Hershey Company and its resort park.
Harrisburg has a vast network of municipalities within its metropolitan area, housing over half a million residents and is a transportation and industrial center.
This is a great historic city with countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping districts. There is a booming economy here that allows local businesses to thrive.
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Here’s some cool information and fun facts about Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The area where Harrisburg now sits was home to the “Peixtin” aboriginal people for 1,000s of years before European explorers came. Explorer Captain John Smith traveled from Virginia to Pennsylvania and made early contact with the Susquehanna tribe.
English trader John Harris settled in the area in 1719 and was later granted 800 acres of land. His son laid out the town in 1785, naming it Harrisburg after his father.
The rich farmland attracted many European settlers and agriculture flourished. In 1812, Harrisburg has named the capital of Pennsylvania and was an important hub for industry and a railroad center. In 1790 the first census was taken in the United States and Harrisburg was a small town with a population of 875 residents.
Today, the total population of this great, historic city is 49,271 people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, The racial makeup is:
- 22.6% White
- 21.8% Hispanic
- 51.8% African American
- 0.4% Native American
- 5.4% Asian
The median household income is $37,356
- Former Speaker of the House and US Representative Newt Gingrich was born in Harrisburg.
- The 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear incident happened in nearby Middleton.
- Actress Nancy Jane Kulp, who played Miss Jane Hathaway on tv’s “The Beverly Hillbillies” was born in Harrisburg in 1921.
- The naval ship USS Harrisburg, named after the city, served from 1918 to 1919 in WW I.
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