From Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg to the popular tourist destinations of Hershey and Gettysburg, Central Pennsylvania encompasses bustling urban centers, suburban communities, and rural townships. This diverse area draws together 11 counties in regions that include Harrisburg-Hershey, Lancaster-Lebanon, Southern Pennsylvania, and York-Adams. Industrial parks, suburban communities, historic sites, Amish country, and charming small towns are a few of the elements that make Central Pennsylvania so appealing. Agriculture, tourism, industry, and services all play vital roles in the economy, with communities like Harrisburg, Hershey, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York forming the heart of Pennsylvania. Strategically located between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, this area also features quaint towns like Carlisle, Chambersburg, Lebanon, and Newport.

Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg and nearby Hershey form an urban nucleus of culture, education, healthcare, and government. Harrisburg has served as the Dauphin County seat since 1785 and the state capital since 1812. Located on the mile-wide Susquehanna River and claiming the scenic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Harrisburg harmonizes the influence and sophistication of a leading city that has managed to preserve is small-town friendliness and charm. Other corners of Central Pennsylvania offer serene country settings where quaint towns nestle in pristine mountain valleys or rolling farmland boast the nation’s most fertile soil. Some towns are located in close proximity to major military installations and employment centers in and near the Baltimore-Washington DC metropolitan area and serve as quiet bedroom communities for commuters. Central Pennsylvania has experienced impressive growth in every sector in recent decades, from well-developed population centers like Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York to sleepy villages.

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