This 525 square mile area is home to the magnificent State Capitol Complex, mouth-watering Hershey candy, and a customer-friendly state and county government! Dauphin County is comprised of 40 scenic municipalities each with their own local flavor representing an eclectic mix of rural, urban and suburban Americana. Quaint shops, world-class restaurants, unique cultural attractions, interesting historic landmarks, and so many other natural and man made treasures are within a short drive.
With major cities Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington , D.C. and New York City, within a brief distance, the region contains the best of metropolitan class and down-home country.
Dauphin County boasts a stable work force employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Hershey Foods, Pinnacle Health, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Tyco, Penn State, Capital Blue Cross, Dauphin County and other major employers. Dubbed the "sweetest place on earth," the area is known for much more than chocolate. The Giant Center, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the National Civil War Museum and the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art are all drawing commendations and crowds. Downtown Harrisburg has undergone an extreme makeover in recent years, evidenced by the skyrocketing appeal of Restaurant Row, while other picturesque communities retain their charm. The county accesses a modern highway system and recently renovated airport, along with high-quality schools, museums, libraries, State Game Lands and other amenities.
With the mile-wide Susquehanna River at its western border, Dauphin County is a fantastic place to work, live and play. A paradise for history-lovers, nature enthusiasts, nightlife-lovers, sports fans, high-tech companies; families appreciate the county's quintessential lifestyle.
With a median home value of $153,000, properties bought through the PA Deals program can produce a very high ROI, typically 10% or greater. Compared to neighboring market, Cumberland County's $174,000 median, Dauphin County offers much greater value and much higher cash-on-cash returns for the investment dollar.
In many PA Counties it's common to generate $12,000 in annual rental income from a $150,000 investment property. A Dauphin County property can generate the same $12,000 but, the real estate costs much less, typically around $100,000. This can equate to much higher cash-on-cash returns.
Several high-ranking school districts are located within Dauphin County – Derry Township, Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Susquehanna Township and Middletown. Each is an attractive place for families to send their children to public school.
Dauphin County's population growth rate from 2000 – 2011 outperformed Pennsylvania as a whole. The County grew at a rate of 6.5% while the State at a rate of only 3.4%. This trend is expected to continue due to strong job stability in both the private and public sectors, and easy access to many regional points of interest.
With a strong public and private sector base the unemployment rate in Harrisburg is nearly 2% lower than the national rate.
Home to the Pennsylvania State Capital, state employment opportunities in Harrisburg are abundant.
Forbes magazine named the Harrisburg region the second-best place to raise a family in the U.S. in 2010.
Dauphin County's cost of living is 3.10%, a rate lower than the U.S. average.
Average Dauphin County commute time is 23 minutes. Five minutes less than the national average.
The Daily Beast Web site ranked the Harrisburg Metro area 7th among the top 20 recession-proof metropolitan areas in the U.S. Realestate.aol.com has ranked the region ninth in the U.S. for cities with the highest-paying jobs.