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The City of Harrisonburg had a population of 53,773 as of July 1, 2021. 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 38.4496 and longitude -78.8689 in Harrisonburg (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Harrisonburg 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 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.

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, 2021)


Total Population 53,773 (100%)
Population in Households 46,089 (85.7%)
Population in Families 25,025 (46.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 7,684 (14.3%)
Population Density 3,101
Diversity Index2 66


Median Household Income $46,362
Average Household Income $65,363
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $22,023
Wealth Index5 50


Total HU (Housing Units) 19,214 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,052 (36.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,709 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,453 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $227,122
Average Home Value $255,848
Housing Affordability Index3 117


Total Households 17,761
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 8,117
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.85% 0.82%
Households 0.94% 0.93%
Families 0.69% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.57%
Per Capita Income   2.23%
Owner Occupied HU   1.51%

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, 2021 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 Density # 89 85th
Median Household Income # 432 27th
Housing Affordability Index # 111 19th
Per Capita Income # 505 15th
Diversity Index # 105 82nd

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