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Old 01-25-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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The metro area has been booming for a while actually. Most people just choose not to live in the city.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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Harrisburg is near Lancaster, York, and Reading. Individually, these metro areas only have about 500k people a piece. But if you consider them all one area, that is a lot of people living around there. Close to 2 million. I wouldn't say this is 'middle of nowhere'. Plus Harrisburg is less than 2 hours from Philly and same with Baltimore. State politics does dominate the Harrisburg region obviously but they also have headquarters around there for some big time companies, including Rite Aid and Hershey. I think South Central PA is underrated in terms of how populated it is. Am I right?
Baltimore is closer then Philly and DC is only slightly further away then Philly.

You are definitely right about south central PA being underrated.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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to be honest i want to move to South Central PA. I'm an east coaster and I want to move to an area with cities, that won't be threatened by rising sea levels or hurricanes (call me paranoid all you want, but I believe the scientists). In terms of best possible areas in the north east that are inland, yet still have cities/population, this area is right at the top. Along with Lehigh Valley
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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South Central PA isn't expensive to live in and the area is doing well with some of the lowest unemployment in the state and far below the national unemployment level. It's really not a bad place to live and as far as visiting historical areas of the country your not going to get any better then this region with Gettysburg in the area and Philly, DC, and Baltimore all close by for a daily outing.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:16 PM
 
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South Central PA isn't expensive to live in and the area is doing well with some of the lowest unemployment in the state and far below the national unemployment level. It's really not a bad place to live and as far as visiting historical areas of the country your not going to get any better then this region with Gettysburg in the area and Philly, DC, and Baltimore all close by for a daily outing.
If you work in the snack food industry, state government or one of the big plants, it's a mecca.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:39 AM
 
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If you work in the snack food industry, state government or one of the big plants, it's a mecca.
Or Norfolk Southern since it's one it's one it's three main hubs the other two being Atlanta and Chicago.

Or Amtrak since Harrisburg is right on the Keystone Corridor.

Or the federal government which is the 2nd largest employer in Harrisburg.

Or the healthcare industry in which there a lot of jobs in Harrisburg.

Or the transportation industry since the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area is the transportation hub of the northeast.

Considering the top two employers are the state government and federal government that does wonders for keeping the metro area out of recession.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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^ what type of federal government jobs are in PA? and does every state have this many federal government jobs, or does the harrisburg area have more than usual?
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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^ what type of federal government jobs are in PA? and does every state have this many federal government jobs, or does the harrisburg area have more than usual?
All state capitals have headquarters for federal government agencies. It's not a strictly Harrisburg thing since Albany, Tallahasse, Annnapolis, Lansing, etc are the same exact way. All the state and federal buildings in a state capital is also the reason why state capitals tend to have budget issues since they can't tax federal and state buildings and agencies.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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Harrisburg is a very attractive city. beautiful city homes, nice layout. parking has little to do with its struggles (other than maybe how its run). it's municipal incompetence.
problems: high crime rate with little indication it's improving, incinerator deal and municipal fiscal problems leading to uncertainty about taxes and city services, bad schools
as an example, ABC wanted to buy the building next to its brewpub and install bottling equipment. after years of no action from the city which owns the building ABC built its bottling plant in mechanicsburg, the building next to its brewpub remains abandoned. these are the details of why the city is struggling. Philadelphia has made building much easier over the last 6 or 7 years and it shows.
Harrisburg's broad st market is another example of municipal incompetence. while lancaster (and others) were able to secure renovations for their historic markets and draw customers back, broad st languishes.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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Chambersbrug, Gettysburg, and Hanover are all great places to live if you want to be near the larger east coast cities.
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