The largest city in the capital region of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. It offers comforts of an urban metropolis while still maintaining the unique personality of Central Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Capitol is a beautiful piece of architecture, dedicated in 1906. It has a style that reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences. In fact, Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the inspiration for the stunning dome. During its centennial year, the Capitol was declared a National History Landmark.
Harrisburg is home to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the United State’s largest free indoor agriculture exposition. Founded in 1917, the show is held annually in January. In 2011, it featured over 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, The Forum, National Civil War Museum, Reservoir Park and the Susquehanna Art Museum can all be found here. Additionally, the development of downtown resulted in a surge of commercial development, making the city a destination for jazz-lovers. For those preferring classical music, the city is also home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
In Harrisburg vicinity are over ten institutions of higher learning. Included in the list are Gettysburg College, founded in 1832, and the Widener University School of Law. The school boasts the highest rate of law graduates being admitted into the Pennsylvania Bar.
The city was named as the second-best place in the U.S. to raise a family in 2012 and was among the top paying spots to work. It was also ranked as one of the twenty “recession-proof” regions across by The Daily Beast, due in part to the high number of state and federal agencies it hosts.
With all that the area has to offer, it’s easy to recognize why Harrisburg has been named not once, but twice as an “All-American City.”