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Regional Bragging Rights

Ranking the Harrisburg Region

The buzz about the Harrisburg Market is growing. Here are just some of the Awards/Recognitions that our region has received lately…


  • 6th Best City for First Time Home Buyers according to


  • 6th Best City in America for Young People to Gain Wealth according to moneyunder30 blog
  • 4th most affordable major housing market in the nation according to the National Association of Home Builders
  • 12th Best Metro for Law School Graduates in the United States according to Goodcall



  • #5 Fastest Recovering City in the Nation by Forbes
  • Hershey was Ranked #8 on the Best Cities to Raise a Family list by NerdWallet



  • Harrisburg was named the #1 minor league sports market by Sports Business Journal (2011)


  • ranked Harrisburg-Carlisle #6 on it top metro areas in 2010 for new and expanded facilities
  • ranked Harrisburg #9 on its Best US Cities to do business list (2010)
  • Forbes ranked the area No. 5 among America’s most livable cities (2010)
  • Forbes ranked the area No. 2 among America’s best places to raise a family (2010)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ranked #17 in top 100 cities in the country by the Brookings Institution regarding the strength of local economies
  • Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa., has been named America’s No. 1 Minor League Market by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily


  • Harrisburg ranked the 12th Most Livable City in 2009 – Forbes Magazine
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle ranked 3rd in’s 2008 Real Estate Best Bargain Markets
  • In Country Home’s Top 25 of the Best Green Places in 2007
  • Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal has ranked Hershey-Harrisburg as the second-best minor league sports market in the country (2007)
  • Greater Harrisburg ranks among the top areas in the nation for attracting new businesses and business expansion, according to one study. Data collected by the National Policy Research Council ranks Dauphin County number two on a list of the top 20 small counties for recruitment and attraction. The council also ranks the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle area fourth in a listing of the top 20 mid-size metros for recruitment and attraction


  • Harrisburg named among Relocate-America’s “100 Top Places to Live” for 2007
  • Harrisburg ranked in the Top 5 Best Cities for Retirees by Kiplinger’s Magazine (2007)
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle was ranked 200 in the list of Top Overall Cities by “Boomtowns 2007,” Inc. Magazine up from 237th in 2006
  • The Greater Harrisburg area has been recognized as one of “The 100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance for mentoring and educational programs created by the Camp Curtain YMCA Black Achievers Program ( USA Today, 2007)


  • rated Harrisburg the 15th Best Midsize City in the East for Entrepreneurs (2006)
  • reported Harrisburg as #21 in large cities with the lowest Crime Rate  (2006)


  • Inc. Magazine rated the Harrisburg MSA in the top 100 Best Places to do Business overall  (2005)

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