Harrisonburg, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Harrisonburg, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Harrisonburg had a population of 53,176 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 53,176
Daytime Population: Workers 33,518
Daytime Population: Residents 29,664
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 63,182
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 45,650
Population in Familes 24,970
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,526
Population Density2 3,068
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $37,321
Average Household Income $51,877
Per Capita Income $19,026


Total Housing Units 19,077 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,894 (30.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,646 (61.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,537 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $219,708
Average Home Value $257,290


Total Households 17,540
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 8,095
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.16% 1.07%
Households 1.29% 1.18%
Families 1.03% 1.0%
Median Household Income   0.81%
Per Capita Income   2.36%

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, 2017 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 # 88 85th
Diversity Index # 116 81st
Median Household Income # 486 18th
Per Capita Income # 535 10th

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