Harrisonburg, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Harrisonburg, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Harrisonburg had a population of 53,367 as of July 1, 2016. Harrisonburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Harrisonburg is located at latitude 38.4363 and longitude -78.8733 in Harrisonburg (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Harrisonburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Harrisonburg (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,325 feet.

The City of Harrisonburg (GNIS ID: 1498563) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Harrisonburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Harrisonburg: Hub of the Valley, Rockingham Court House, Rocktown.

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Harrisonburg, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 53,367
Population in Households 45,980
Population in Familes 25,310
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,387
Population Density1 3,079
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 17,659
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 8,197
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 19,099 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,136 (32.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,523 (60.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,440 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $217,758
Average Home Value $253,546


Median Household Income $37,191
Average Household Income $50,750
Per Capita Income $18,665
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.4% 1.54%
Households 1.6% 1.71%
Families 1.4% 1.57%
Median Household Income   -0.46%
Per Capita Income   0.18%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Harrisonburg, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Harrisonburg to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 16 97th
Population Density1 # 86 86th
Diversity Index2 # 113 81st
Median Household Income # 472 21st
Per Capita Income # 528 11th

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