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Dauphin County's communities uniquely offer a blend of big-city influence and sophistication with small-town friendliness and charm. Whether it's cultivating a passion for golf, cultural opportunities or the outdoors, Dauphin County is more than just a great place to call home.
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Take some time and explore the many communities of Dauphin County.
Dauphin County's strategic location has been important throughout its rich history. It is a natural location for the state capital and is a critical hub for east coast transportation systems as a convergence point in the Boston-to-Richmond northeast corridor. Positioned to provide cost effective access to eastern US markets while maintaining a superior living environment, Dauphin County is known as a choice location of business and industry.
Harrisburg, the Capital City, is the urban nucleus of Dauphin County. It is the region's cultural, business and government center. The city has been the county seat since 1785 and Pennsylvania's capital since 1812. Beautifully situated on the mile-wide Susquehanna River and back-dropped by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Harrisburg has merged big-city influence and sophistication with small-town friendliness and charm.
The upper tier of Dauphin County provides a quiet country setting with quaint towns lying in pristine mountain valleys. Several national companies have located here due to availability of land, an established workforce of people committed to quality work, and a proximity to interstate highways including several new road projects that are planned or underway.
In contrast, the county's southern portion is much more urbanized in and around Harrisburg and Hershey. This region boasts a number of economic development resources including Harrisburg International Airport, the New Baldwin Corridor Enterprise Zone which spans seven municipalities, over 20 major industrial parks and office districts, a highway system developed far beyond what one would expect for an area this size, as well as main line Amtrak passenger service and an intermodal terminus for double stack rail freight.