As the capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is home to a large amount of culture, agriculture, and industry; the three pillars to an active and prosperous city. Harrisburg has come a long way from it's early days. During the very first United States census, it had a population numbering 875, and is now home to more than 10,000 families. Beautiful properties, both historic and modern, are available for less than you might think for a capital city, and there are two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes along with unique, eye-catching townhouses.
The modern and the rustic are well mixed in Harrisburg, no surprise since steel and agriculture are the main claims to fame. On the industrial side of things, you have Three M Tool and Harley-Davidson. The Pennsylvania Steel Alliance, of which Harrisburg is a member, generates more than $9.35 billion in revenue per year. Representing agriculture is the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United States which has happened every year since 1917. Just to the north is the tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a part of the larger Appalachian Mountains and featured in many country and bluegrass songs. True to its melting-pot roots, restaurants serving various international dishes are easy to find.
With so many activities available, it's no wonder Forbes ranked Harrisburg as the 2nd best place to raise a family. In the spring and summer, residents can root for the Harrisburg Senators, one of a few local teams with more than five league titles. The Susquehanna River flows through the western part of the city; it is the longest river in the United States without commercial boat traffic, which makes it ideal for scenic tours. Two ferries run on this river, and the Pride of Susquehanna in Harrisburg is one of them. Also of note is the Rockville Bridge, which, at its construction, was the longest stone masonry arch bridge in the world. History is everywhere, making it easy to find museums and historic sites throughout Harrisburg. The National Civil War Museum, the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, and the Fort Hunter Mansion are just a few. Many neighborhoods are historic districts with locals pitching in to keep the buildings looking their best while maintaining their colonial style. Along with history in Harrisburg, there's progress. The Whitaker Center for Science and Arts is the first of its kind with education, science, and the performing arts all under one roof. You can't go wrong living in this capital city.