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Harrisonburg is an independent city.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Thomas Harrison, founder.

The latitude of Harrisonburg is 38.449N. The longitude is -78.869W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,325 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 41,170.


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Median household income
Local
$29,949
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Harrisonburg demographic reports
Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah Valley.
Former and merged names include:
· Rocktown
Harrison gave newly formed Rockingham County two-plus acres of land in 1779, laying the foundation for the creation of Harrisonburg.

Many local people had divided loyalties during the Civil War, when Union and Confederate troops passed through the city

The State Normal and Industrial School for Women - today's James Madison University - was established here in 1908.

Harrisonburg became an independent city in 1916.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 106. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Ralph Lee Sampson, basketball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Court Days - June 2, 2007
  • African-American Festival - May 12, 2007
  • Harvest Day Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
  • International Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
  • Rockingham County Fair - Aug. 13-18, 2007
  • New Dance Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Harrisonburg web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: D. Ralph Hostetter Museum, Virginia Quilt Museum
Colleges and universities: Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

21% of Harrisonburg residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Harrisonburg ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Harrisonburg was $14,898, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

31% of Harrisonburg residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Harrisonburg, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $410.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $916.


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Libraries in Harrisonburg include Massanutten Regional Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Harrisonburg include Daily News Record

TV stations in Harrisonburg include WHSV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMRA.

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Harrisonburg City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Harrisonburg political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Harrisonburg workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Harrisonburg between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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