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Harrisburg

About Harrisburg

49,279 in city
667,425 in metro
20 km² (8 mi²)
101.636940002 m
Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania as well as the seat of Dauphin County. It is located on the Susquehanna River near the Appalachian Mountains in the south-central part of the state. Besides government, its economy rests on transportation, national defense, and the manufacture of food, computer, and steel products. The city's history dates back to colonial times, when a ferry was operated here by John Harris, Sr. His son John laid out the town in 1785, giving land to the commonwealth which later became the Capitol grounds. Harrisburg was made capital of Pennsylvania in 1812, and was incorporated as a city in 1860. The hub of a metropolitan area of over half a million, Harrisburg proper stretches for several miles between the Susquehanna and the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. The river is up to a mile wide as it passes Harrisburg, creating an attractive setting for the city with parks and boating. The compact and lively downtown is anchored by the stately Pennsylvania State Capitol to the north and Market Square to the south.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
158 All Buildings
137
existing
1
planned
6
unbuilt
14
demolished

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 333 Market Street 341 ft 1978
2 Pennsylvania Place 291 ft 1973
3 Pennsylvania State Capitol 272 ft 1906
4 Presbyterian Apartments 260 ft 1968
5 Fulton Bank Building 257 ft 1930