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Harrisburg, North Carolina
Harrisburg town hall
Harrisburg town hall
Location of Harrisburg, North Carolina
Location of Harrisburg, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Cabarrus
Settled 1732–1765
Incorporated 1973
 • Total 11.28 sq mi (29.21 km2)
 • Land 11.28 sq mi (29.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
643 ft (196 m)
 • Total 11,526
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,469.89/sq mi (567.51/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-29800
GNIS feature ID 1020631

Harrisburg, a northeastern suburb of Charlotte, is a town in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, United States. The population was estimated to be 16,576 as of 1 July  2019 (2019 -07-01).


Harrisburg is located in southwestern Cabarrus County at 35°19′20″N 80°39′12″W / 35.32222°N 80.65333°W / 35.32222; -80.65333 (35.322295, -80.653331). It is bordered to the north by Concord and to the west by Charlotte in Mecklenburg County.

North Carolina Highway 49 passes through the center of Harrisburg, leading northeast 57 miles (92 km) to Asheboro and southwest 13 miles (21 km) to the center of Charlotte. Charlotte Motor Speedway is 3 miles (5 km) north of the center of town, within the Concord city limits.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Harrisburg has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,433
1990 1,625 13.4%
2000 4,493 176.5%
2010 11,526 156.5%
2019 (est.) 16,576 43.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Harrisburg racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 10,606 55.92%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,701 19.51%
Native American 56 0.3%
Asian 2,579 13.6%
Pacific Islander 5 0.03%
Other/Mixed 883 4.66%
Hispanic or Latino 1,137 5.99%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,967 people, 4,865 households, and 4,164 families residing in the town.


As of the United States Census Bureau estimate on July 1, 2017, there were 15,728 people and 4,573 households in the town, with 3.16 persons per household. The population percent change between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2017, was 17.9%. The racial makeup of the town was 72.2% White, 16.1% African American, 0.7% American Indian and Alaska Native, 6.4% Asian, 3.3% Hispanic or Latino and 2.8% from two or more races. There were 926 Veterans.

In 2016, the median age of all people in Harrisburg was 37.1.

In 2016, there were 4,573 households in Harrisburg, with the median property value being $245,400. The homeownership rate was 89.1%. The national average was 63.6%. The median income for a household in the town was $88,865 and the per capita income was $32,310.


The percent of people over 25 with a high school diploma or higher was 95.6% and 44.0% for those with a bachelor's degree or higher. Local schools include Harrisburg Elementary School, Hickory Ridge Elementary School, Hickory Ridge Middle School and Hickory Ridge High School.

The largest universities by graduates near Harrisburg are, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The most common bachelor's degree concentrations are General Business Administration and Management, General Psychology and General Biological Studies.

Notable person

  • Gordon Tottle (1925– 1987), professional ice hockey player
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