A recent ranking of the best places to live in the country only confirms what we already know: Dauphin County is the place to be.


In the latest ranking from U.S. News and World Report, the greater Harrisburg area is Pennsylvania’s top place to live due to its reasonable cost of living, job market and quality of life.


Think about where Dauphin County is.  Pull out a map of the United States, find Dauphin County and take a look at what sits within 500 miles of your doorstep. The list is impressive: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and half the population of Canada.  We are the seat of state government, accessible by two interstates, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Harrisburg International Airport and Amtrak. 


“Dauphin County is thriving like never before,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste. “We’ve been able to attract and retain the world’s leading companies, as well as small, family-owned businesses, by capitalizing on our great location and creating the right environment for families and businesses to prosper.”


For 14 years in a row, the county commissioners have passed balanced budgets with no tax increases, keeping the county competitive and affordable.


“New hotels and restaurants are going up all the time, and that speaks volumes about our quality of life and cost of living,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “We’re leveraging our county’s countless assets – from beautiful parks to bustling city streets – to maximize growth and opportunity.” 


But the board has also focused on making Dauphin County a destination for entertainment and the arts.


“Bringing in top talent like Sheila E. and local favorite the Singer’s Lounge for this year’s Dauphin County Cultural Fest on August 2nd puts us on the map as the place to be,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “From family-friendly events and free movie nights at Fort Hunter Park to walks through scenic Wildwood Park, we got you covered.”