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Old 01-22-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Hello and thank you in advance for any and all information and suggestions. I'm currently researching moving to the Harrisburg area. I'm a African American mother with a 12 year old son. I currently live in a suburb of Reading, PA. I love the diversity of our local area & school district along with the great education and athletic department. I'm looking for something similar to where we live now. Currently we rent an apartment in a nice community where I pay $975 rent. From my research it seems as though I can find a rental substantially cheaper which is great I'd be happy with a townhouse or apartment- either is ok for us.

My hardest dilemma has been figuring out the Harrisburg area. I say "Harrisburg" but when I say it, I'm including Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Carlisle as well, even though I guess they're not technically Harrisburg. So my question is could anyone please point me in the right direction in terms of diversity in the schools & safe neighborhoods? I'm not biased to suburban areas, city or town areas are ok too, so long as they are safe and the school district is good and diverse.

Thank you
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Maybe Carlisle Area, Susquehanna Twp, Middletown Area, and Derry Twp schools. Harrisburg City and Steelton-Highspire schools have more problems than these four. Other areas have less diversity. Carlisle has the Army War College for colonels on the way up, positive role models in America's most integrated large institution. Carlisle Borough's north side has some issues but nothing on the scale of Reading.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Thank you for the information!
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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Harrisburg city schools are not the best, the city itself is currently in economic ruin, I'm sure things will turn around in years to come but right now, it's not the place to move to. "Harrisburg city" is actually a fairly small area, all the surrounding school districts including the ones you mentioned have their pluses and minuses, are all diverse and would probably suit you just fine. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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stay away from Harrisburg City,taxes are high,poor service,Crime and more
if you care about good schools,look into lower paxton twp in colonial park have good schools, or camphill taxes are better than Harrisburg ,lemoyne is nice,but houses there are old,new cumberland ,no near the river,if you want to rent ,townhouse,pennswood apt and other near buy are the best,close to everything ,best luck
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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Absolutely want to echo - do NOT move to Harrisburg school district. A big victory there one year was that they had textbooks for all the students. Pitiful. I think Susquehanna Twp is probably the most diverse in the area, and also has good academics.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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if you care about good schools,look into lower paxton twp in colonial park have good schools, or camphill taxes are better than Harrisburg ,lemoyne is nice,but houses there are old,new cumberland ,no near the river,if you want to rent ,townhouse,pennswood apt and other near buy are the best,close to everything ,best luck
I agree, look at any district other than Harrisburg City. Do not, under any circumstances, move to Pennswood Apartments. Fires, muggings, vandalism, burglaries, substandard buildings, the list goes on. Look anywhere else.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:09 PM
 
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Susquehanna Twp or Lower Paxton Twp is your best bet. There are two school districts in Lower Paxton though, Central Dauphin is a better bet then Central Dauphin East school districts, so make sure you pay attention to which side of the line your on.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Mechanicsburg is a great area with a lot of shopping and places to eat. It's not very diverse but it's a family type of town. Mechanicsburg SD and Cumberland Valley SD are wonderful schools. My daughter goes to Mechanicsburg SD and I went to Cumberland Valley SD so I have experience with both districts. Mechanicsburg is about 20 minutes from the city. Camp Hill is also a great place to raise a family. The school district is very good but does not have any busses so kids walk or parents drive them. It's a matter of preference whether one likes Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill better but both are very safe. Camp hill has a more traffic but it's closer to the city. New Cumberland is also a nice area. I like the "west shore" better than "the east shore."
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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In mechanicsburg, rent for a 2br townhouse is typically anywhere from $700-1000 depends on where and how old the complex is.
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