Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

city in and county seat of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States and Pennsylvania federated state capital city

Harrisburg is the capital city of Pennsylvania, one of the four U.S. states called a Commonwealth of the United States. As of the 2020 United States Census, the city has 50,099 people living in it.[1]

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Flag of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Location of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 40°16′11″N 76°52′32″W / 40.26972°N 76.87556°W / 40.26972; -76.87556
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1791; 233 years ago (1791)
Charter1860; 164 years ago (1860)
 • MayorWanda Williams (D)
 • City11.4 sq mi (26.9 km2)
 • Land8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Urban
335.4 sq mi (539.7 km2)
320 ft (98 m)
 • City50,099
 • Density6,169.83/sq mi (2,382.18/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Harrisburg is the county seat of Dauphin County and is on the Susquehanna River, 105 miles (169 km) northwest of Philadelphia.

Originally the home to Native Americans, Captain John Smith first made contact with them in 1608. In 1719, English trader John Harris, Sr. built a home on the bank of the river, and by 1785 obtained the land from William Penn, creating the settlement of "Harrisburg" named after Harris.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Harrisburg city, Pennsylvania". QuickFacts. Retrieved 2 February 2022.

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