U.S. News & World Report ranked Pennsylvania’s Capital City 34 out of 100 best metropolitan places to live by US news. The list ranks the country’s most populous metropolitan areas based upon quality of life, affordability, and employment opportunity. Harrisburg, an economically emerging city situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River, offers its residents a metropolitan opportunity with a small town-feel uniquely different than many of the east coasts metro areas.
With housing costs less than half the cost of the national average, relatively low crime rate and an abundance of local and regional entertainment, Harrisburg’s value ranks exceptionally high in terms of quality of life. Outdoors enthusiasts enjoy biking and running along the river banks as well as the city’s vicinity to the Appalachian Trail, limestone watersheds and rolling mountains. Residents also enjoy annual festivals along Front Street, a variety of dining opportunities, an influx of breweries, and a thriving creative culture with many coffee shops and venues hosting concerts and shows.
Job opportunity poses no challenge to Harrisburg’s residents. Large service companies such as Hershey Foods, Rite Aid and health services offer a breadth of options. In addition many companies such as First National Bank, Sacunas, and WebPageFX have moved their regional or national headquarters into the downtown area, further strengthening Harrisburg’s marketing and financial services sectors. Aside from the private sector, the state and federal government employ a large number of those who call Harrisburg home.
Harrisburg is uniquely positioned central to Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C. and Baltimore allowing quick access to major metro markets. Whether it be for a weekend getaway or weekday business purposes, Harrisburg’s public transportation and access to major highways will get you to any of these destinations in just a few hours.
Harrisburg’s outstandingly low living costs, bubbling job opportunity and access to the great outdoors/regional entertainment continue to grow and sustain Harrisburg into 2017 as a great place to live, work and play. Read more about the top 100 places to live at: http://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live