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At first glance, ‘most livable’ could mean a lot of things, but I wanted to make sure this article gets a little more attention because actually uses a very legitimate set of statistics to grade their picks for ‘Most Livable Cities in America-

“Results were the result of comparing five-year income growth per household and cost of living from Moody’s, crime data and leisure index from Sperling’s Best Places, and annual unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Harrisburg ranked 12th on the list. Personally I think making the list at all is really quite commendable, what do you think?

Check out the full article as well as Forbes ‘Most Miserable Cities’ list.



  1. Livable for whom? Cultural choices are slim. Crime is high. Camoflage is considered acceptable dress code. Harrisburg may be an acceptable place to dwell but I’m not sure about living.

  2. My sanctuary is home in Harrisburg. After my “once a week” commute from New York nothing can be more soothing than arriving in Harrisburg. I lived in the city for 25 years and like all cities in the world there is always crime, I feel rooted and secure, there is no such thing as ‘Pleasantville” I’m delighted Harrisburg ranked 12th as most livable City in America.

  3. There are much better urban areas than Harrisburg. This includes: New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Austin, Oklahoma City, Boston, Columbus OH, Seattle, Portland OR … all with much more going for it than Squarrisburg, where most of the city shuts down after 5pm except a small strip along 2nd. A twenty minute walk and you’re done. Vibrant cities have something happening in a variety of areas, and for a variety of people.

    Yes, crimes happen in cities but Harrisburg rarely deals with it effectively. It is a city that cannot control itself, teeters on bankruptcy, has poor schools, does not value pedestrians, and lacks public spaces where neighbors feel safe to congregate (think of “Washington Square” or “Rittenhouse Square” not the overglorified jogging path next to the river).

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