Harrisburg, PA

Census Place

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2020 Population
49,247
0.0772% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2018 Median Age
31.2
0.322% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
26.5%
0.804% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$41,831
5.41% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$85,500
5.82% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
22,548
1.14% 1-year decline

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In 2020, Harrisburg, PA had a population of 49.2k people with a median age of 31.2 and a median household income of $41,831. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Harrisburg, PA grew from 49,209 to 49,247, a 0.0772% increase and its median household income grew from $39,685 to $41,831, a 5.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Harrisburg, PA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (45.9%), White (Non-Hispanic) (24.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.89%), Black or African American (Hispanic) (5.83%), and Other (Hispanic) (5.12%).

None of the households in Harrisburg, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.5% of the residents in Harrisburg, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Harrisburg, PA are Harrisburg Area Community College (2,381 degrees awarded in 2020) and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (1,040 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Harrisburg, PA was $85,500, and the homeownership rate was 35.1%.

Most people in Harrisburg, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Harrisburg, PA was 1 car per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Harrisburg, PA is home to a population of 49.2k people, from which 94.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 9.01% of Harrisburg, PA residents were born outside of the country (4.44k people).

In 2020, there were 1.88 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (22.6k people) in Harrisburg, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12k White (Non-Hispanic) and 4.87k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.5%
2020 Citizenship
93.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.5% of Harrisburg, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Harrisburg, PA was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Harrisburg, PA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    22.6k ± 1.2k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    12k ± 914
  3. White (Hispanic)
    4.87k ± 938
23.6%
Hispanic Population
11.6k people

In 2020, there were 1.88 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (22.6k people) in Harrisburg, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12k White (Non-Hispanic) and 4.87k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.6% of the people in Harrisburg, PA are hispanic (11.6k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    92,750 ± 7,450 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    72,397 ± 6,587 people
  3. China
    65,642 ± 6,274 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 92,750 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 72,397 and China with 65,642.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.01%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
4.44k people
10.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.98k people

As of 2020, 9.01% of Harrisburg, PA residents (4.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Harrisburg, PA was 10.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    741 ± 166
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    369 ± 147
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    305 ± 130

Harrisburg, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Harrisburg, PA employs 22.5k people. The largest industries in Harrisburg, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,799 people), Retail Trade (2,400 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,149 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($132,917), Public Administration ($49,552), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($46,538).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,196. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

22.5k
2020 Value
± 1,314
−1.14%
1 Year decline
± 7.8%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Harrisburg, PA declined at a rate of −1.14%, from 22.8k employees to 22.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Harrisburg, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,006 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,253 people), and Material Moving Occupations (2,068 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Harrisburg, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

22.5k
2020 Value
± 1,314
−1.14%
1 Year decline
± 7.8%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Harrisburg, PA declined at a rate of −1.14%, from 22.8k employees to 22.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Harrisburg, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,799 people), Retail Trade (2,400 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,149 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Harrisburg, PA, though some of these residents may live in Harrisburg, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$34,616
Median earning men ± $2,885
$27,745
Median earning women ± $1,737

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($90,625), Public Administration ($54,325), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($45,385).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($46,689), Information ($45,391), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,319).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $110B
  2. $74.2B
  3. $44.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $110B, followed by Mixed freight ($74.2B) and Electronics ($44.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$734B
2020 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.46T
Projected 2050 Value in Pennsylvania
99.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $734B. This is expected to increase 99.3% to $1.46T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $73.5B
  2. $71.1B
  3. $36.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $73.5B, followed by New York with $71.1B and Ohio and $36.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Harrisburg, PA awarded 3,421 degrees. The student population of Harrisburg, PA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 7,269 male students and 12,104 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Harrisburg, PA are White (1,772 and 73.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (212 and 8.78%), Black or African American (189 and 7.83%), and Asian (113 and 4.68%).

The largest universities in Harrisburg, PA by number of degrees awarded are Harrisburg Area Community College (2,381 and 69.6%) and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (1,040 and 30.4%).

The most popular majors in Harrisburg, PA are Registered Nursing (440 and 12.9%), Computational & Applied Mathematics (356 and 10.4%), and Management Science (302 and 8.83%).

The median tuition cost in Harrisburg, PA for private four year colleges is $23,900.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 19,373 students enrolled in Harrisburg, PA, 37.5% men and 62.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,456 records, of which 65.6% were women and 34.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 440 degree-majors awarded
  2. 290 degree-majors awarded
  3. 222 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Harrisburg, PA was Registered Nursing with 440 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Harrisburg, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,381 degrees awarded
  2. 1,040 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Harrisburg Area Community College with 2,381 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 1,395 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Harrisburg, PA, which is 0.689 times less than the 2,026 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,772 degrees mean that there were 8.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 212 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($23,900) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,500) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($2,064) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.658% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.701% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.89M), and Some college (1.84M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Harrisburg, PA was $85,500 in 2020, which is 0.372 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $80,800 to $85,500, a 5.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Harrisburg, PA is 35.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Harrisburg, PA have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Harrisburg, PA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Median household income in Harrisburg, PA is $41,831. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Harrisburg, PA was Census Tract 205 with a value of $72,035, followed by Census Tract 217 and Census Tract 209, with respective values of $55,609 and $55,368.

Property

$85,500
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,988
$7,360
Median Property Taxes
±$654

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Harrisburg, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Harrisburg, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

35.1%
Homeownership
2020
61.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 35.1% of the housing units in Harrisburg, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 35.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 205
  2. Census Tract 217
  3. Census Tract 209

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Harrisburg, PA was Census Tract 205 with a value of $72,035, followed by Census Tract 217 and Census Tract 209, with respective values of $55,609 and $55,368.

The following map shows all of the places in Harrisburg, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$41,831
Median Household Income
± $2,191
21k
Number of Households
± 1,189

In 2020, the median household income of the 21k households in Harrisburg, PA grew to $41,831 from the previous year's value of $39,685.

The following chart displays the households in Harrisburg, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Harrisburg, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2020, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (62.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.7%)
  3. Walked (9.79%)

In 2018, 62.4% of workers in Harrisburg, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.7%) and those who walked to work (9.79%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Harrisburg, PA have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.05% of the workforce in Harrisburg, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

1 car
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Harrisburg, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Harrisburg, PA have 1 car.

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Poverty & Diversity

26.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Harrisburg, PA (12.9k out of 48.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Harrisburg, PA is Black, followed by Hispanic and White.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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90.8% of the population of Harrisburg, PA has health coverage, with 36.7% on employee plans, 36.9% on Medicaid, 7.11% on Medicare, 9.61% on non-group plans, and 0.421% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Dauphin County, PA see 930 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.541% increase from the previous year (925 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1271 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 419 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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930 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dauphin County, PA

Primary care physicians in Dauphin County, PA see an average of 930 patients per year. This represents a 0.541% increase from the previous year (925 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dauphin County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.8% under 18 years, 26.6% between 18 and 34 years, 33.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 11% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47% were men and 53% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

9.21%
Uninsured
36.7%
Employer Coverage
36.9%
Medicaid
7.11%
Medicare
9.61%
Non-Group
0.421%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Harrisburg, PA declined by 3% from 9.49% to 9.21%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Harrisburg, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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