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Harrisburg, PA

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About Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA is located in Dauphin County in the state of Pennsylvania.

The total City Population for Harrisburg is about 49,969 with about 2,342 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $93,827, which is roughly 41% lower than the Average Home Value of $159,612 for the state of Pennsylvania, and roughly 50% lower than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $44,444, which is roughly 23% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $57,812 for the state of Pennsylvania, and roughly 23% lower higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Harrisburg Population 49,969
Average Home Value $93,827
Median Household Income $44,444
Median Age 31.6
Unemployment Rate 8.7%
Politics 53.6% Democratic

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 0.79
Male Population Estimate: 48.5%
Female Population Estimate: 51.5%
Median Age: 31.6
Male Median Age: 12.9
Female Median Age: 13.8

Racial Demographic Estimates



Dauphin County voted Democratic in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Bob Casey Jr.
U.S. Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
John Fetterman
U.S. Senator
John Fetterman
Democratic Party
Josh Shapiro
State governor
Josh Shapiro
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Democratic: 53.6%
Republican: 45.06%
Libertarian: 1.34%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Harrisburg specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Dauphin County: About 6.87433 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Dauphin County: About 402.829 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Dauphin County is about 43% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 29% higher than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Harrisburg is about 8.7%.

Pennsylvania is ranked #30 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 38.46 out of 100.

30th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 20.1

The average living wage for the state of Pennsylvania is $29.08/hr, while the states minimum wage is $7.25/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Pennsylvania a minimum wage score of 16.01 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.83/hr, which gives Pennsylvania a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 21.41 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Pennsylvania is $157.74, resulting in a UI benefit score of 20.67 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
X Pennsylvania does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
X Pennsylvania does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Pennsylvania does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
X Pennsylvania does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Pennsylvania does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Pennsylvania does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Pennsylvania does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Pennsylvania does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Pennsylvania does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Pennsylvania does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Pennsylvania does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Pennsylvania does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Pennsylvania does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Pennsylvania does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
Pennsylvania does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Pennsylvania does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Pennsylvania does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Pennsylvania does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Pennsylvania does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Pennsylvania does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 17101, 17102, 17103, 17104, 17105, 17108, 17110, 17120, 17121, 17122, 17123, 17124, 17125, 17126, 17127, 17128, 17129, 17130 (18 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 40.275200
Longitude: -76.884300
TimeZone: Eastern (GMT -05:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Northeast
Average Elevation: 386.9 ft.
Area Code(s): 717, 223