Harrisburg

As an eastern suburb Charlotte, Harrisburg has witnessed a gradual uptick in population throughout the past decades.

The town prides itself as a family-friendly and tight-knit community, offering residents of the larger Charlotte metro area an ideal suburban location to stake down roots. With high expectations of their HOAs, local residents can rest easy with William Douglas Property Management taking the helm. We have decades of experience managing homeowners associations in and around Harrisburg, meaning that we have a deep familiarity with this tight-knit suburban community.

Harrisburg, North Carolina, or the Town of Harrisburg, is located in Cabarrus County. Harrisburg is a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, and only 14 miles from downtown Charlotte. The 2019 U.S. Census estimate for Harrisburg was 16,576. Harrisburg’s zip code is 28075. The area codes are 704 and 980.

Harrisburg was originally known as Query’s Quarter up until the 1850s. The origin of the “Harrisburg” can be traced back to when the North Carolina Railroad bought land from the Harris family for a depot. This depot was named the “Harris Depot.” Union forces during the American Civil War had their maps with the town labeled as “Harrisborough.” The first post office was established there in 1855, and in 1874 the post office name was changed to Harrisburg.  

Per the United States Census Bureau for Harrisburg

Historical population

Census Pop. %±

1980 1,433 —

1990 1,625 13.4%

2000 4,493 176.5%

2010 11,526 156.5%

2019   16,576 (est.) 43.8%

Population per 2010 Census: 11,526

Male population: 48.4%

Female population: 51.6%

Population under 18 years: 28.7%

Population 65 years & over: 9.4%

High school graduate or higher 2015-2019: 96.1%

Bachelor’s degree or higher 2015-2019: 48.3%

Median home value 2015-2019: $288,900

Owner-occupied: 86.1%  

Total households 2015-2019: 4,865

As of the 2012 U.S. Census, there were 937 businesses within the Town of Harrisburg.  

Recent Economic Growth

The Town of Harrisburg only installed its first traffic signal in 1978 at the intersection of N.C. Highway 49 and Moorehead Road. Many factors can be pointed at to explain Harrisburg’s rapid growth over the last two decades. The widening of N.C. Highway 49 played a large part in this growth. Another is the rapid growth of UNC Charlotte and Harrisburg’s proximity. Possibly the most impactful is the growth of Charlotte and the resulting demand for more housing. Harrisburg is a bedroom community of Charlotte.

Harrisburg History and Interesting Points

Harrisburg was incorporated in 1973. The area was first settled in the 1730s and 1740s. 

The Town of Harrisburg is located within Cabarrus County. Cabarrus County was once part of Mecklenburg County. Cabarrus County was established in 1792 and named after the speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons, Stephen Cabarrus.

While there is no written record of the people who first lived in what would become Cabarrus County, Indian artifacts have been found. It is assumed that these artifacts are from the people who became known as the Catawba Indians. This is assumed because the Catawba Indian population was so prominent in the Mecklenburg County area. While there is no documented history of the early inhabitants of the Harrisburg area, there is documentation of the inhabitants of Charlotte and York County, South Carolina, as far back as the 17th century. 

The Catawba Indians have inhabited the Catawba River basin for thousands of years. Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer, was the first European to document the existence of the Catawba people in 1540. The next documented encounter with the Catawba people was by Juan Pardo, another Spanish explorer, in 1567. This is noted in Vandera’s narratives of Pardo’s expedition. The narratives refer to the Catawba people as the Ysa Issa (Iswä). In the Catawba language, Iswä means “people of the river.” German explorer John Lederer was the third to document the existence of the Catawba people in 1670. His encounter is well documented in, The Discoveries of John Lederer, In three separate Marches from Virginia, To the West of Carolina, And other parts of the Continent: Begun in March 1669 and ended in September 1670. In this book, Lederer identifies the Catawba people as the Ushery. 

European settlers began arriving in the Harrisburg area in the 1730s. It was not until around 1750 that European settlers began arriving in large numbers. During this period, these settlers were primarily Scotch-Irish and German immigrants. The majority of these settlers were arriving down the “Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania. The Great Wagon Road was to the east of present-day Harrisburg.

The Great Wagon Road, especially in the earliest days, was a rough trail more so than a constructed road. This was especially the case in North Carolina. The road began at Philadelphia and went through the Valley of Virginia into North Carolina, South Carolina, and ending in Georgia. The road’s origins can be traced to migrating herds of woods buffalo. American Indians began using the animal-worn path/trail/road  for trade with other Native Americans, and the road became known as the “Indian Road” or the “Great Warriors’ Path.” 

The Great Wagon Road became a major factor in immigration to North Carolina starting around 1750. The road became the primary way early settlers migrated into the backcountry of the Carolinas and Georgia. Scotch-Irish and German immigrants. Many of these immigrants were fleeing religious persecution in their native countries. A journey on the Great Wagon Road was recorded in the autobiography of Anna Catherina Antes; “In the latter part of April 1759, we set out (from Pennsylvania) for North Carolina…It was not a long journey, only one month, for our big wagon was drawn by six horses…so we made good time. It was a pleasant experience; the country was new to me, and the budding trees and balmy air made us forget the bad stretches of road…” These large horse-drawn wagons came in many sizes and shapes; however, the Conestoga Wagons, named for the Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania where German immigrants made them, could carry eight to ten tons up to 15 miles per day.  

These early settlers were primarily subsistence farmers. There were tradesmen among these immigrants; however, many of these tradesmen farmed as well. Of the European immigrants who migrated into North Carolina during this period, they were typically divided into three religious groups: Moravians, Lutherans, and the German Reformed Church.    

The 1800 US Census had Cabarrus County’s population at 5,094. The 2010 population in Cabarrus County’s Census was 178,011, and the Census estimate for 2019 was 221,479. Harrisburg’s population in the 1980 U.S. Census was 1,433. The 2010 Harrisburg U.S. Census was 11,526 and was estimated to have increased by 16,576 in 2019 by the U.S. Census. 

The economic base for the Harrisburg area when the first settlers arrived in the 1700s was agriculture, and it continued to play a large role in the local economy into the 20th century. In the last two decades, Charlotte’s booming economy has had a huge effect on Harrisburg’s economic and population growth. The school system, lower taxes, and the short commute have made Harrisburg one of the fastest-growing towns in the area.

Harrisburg

As an eastern suburb Charlotte, Harrisburg has witnessed a gradual uptick in population throughout the past decades.

The town prides itself as a family-friendly and tight-knit community, offering residents of the larger Charlotte metro area an ideal suburban location to stake down roots. With high expectations of their HOAs, local residents can rest easy with William Douglas Property Management taking the helm. We have decades of experience managing homeowners associations in and around Harrisburg, meaning that we have a deep familiarity with this tight-knit suburban community.

Harrisburg, North Carolina, or the Town of Harrisburg, is located in Cabarrus County. Harrisburg is a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, and only 14 miles from downtown Charlotte. The 2019 U.S. Census estimate for Harrisburg was 16,576. Harrisburg’s zip code is 28075. The area codes are 704 and 980.

Harrisburg was originally known as Query’s Quarter up until the 1850s. The origin of the “Harrisburg” can be traced back to when the North Carolina Railroad bought land from the Harris family for a depot. This depot was named the “Harris Depot.” Union forces during the American Civil War had their maps with the town labeled as “Harrisborough.” The first post office was established there in 1855, and in 1874 the post office name was changed to Harrisburg.

Per the United States Census Bureau for Harrisburg

Historical population

Census Pop. %±

1980 1,433 —

1990 1,625 13.4%

2000 4,493 176.5%

2010 11,526 156.5%

2019   16,576 (est.) 43.8%

Population per 2010 Census: 11,526

Male population: 48.4%

Female population: 51.6%

Population under 18 years: 28.7%

Population 65 years & over: 9.4%

High school graduate or higher 2015-2019: 96.1%

Bachelor’s degree or higher 2015-2019: 48.3%

Median home value 2015-2019: $288,900

Owner-occupied: 86.1%

Total households 2015-2019: 4,865

As of the 2012 U.S. Census, there were 937 businesses within the Town of Harrisburg.

Recent Economic Growth

The Town of Harrisburg only installed its first traffic signal in 1978 at the intersection of N.C. Highway 49 and Moorehead Road. Many factors can be pointed at to explain Harrisburg’s rapid growth over the last two decades. The widening of N.C. Highway 49 played a large part in this growth. Another is the rapid growth of UNC Charlotte and Harrisburg’s proximity. Possibly the most impactful is the growth of Charlotte and the resulting demand for more housing. Harrisburg is a bedroom community of Charlotte.

Harrisburg History and Interesting Points

Harrisburg was incorporated in 1973. The area was first settled in the 1730s and 1740s.

The Town of Harrisburg is located within Cabarrus County. Cabarrus County was once part of Mecklenburg County. Cabarrus County was established in 1792 and named after the speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons, Stephen Cabarrus.

While there is no written record of the people who first lived in what would become Cabarrus County, Indian artifacts have been found. It is assumed that these artifacts are from the people who became known as the Catawba Indians. This is assumed because the Catawba Indian population was so prominent in the Mecklenburg County area. While there is no documented history of the early inhabitants of the Harrisburg area, there is documentation of the inhabitants of Charlotte and York County, South Carolina, as far back as the 17th century.

The Catawba Indians have inhabited the Catawba River basin for thousands of years. Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer, was the first European to document the existence of the Catawba people in 1540. The next documented encounter with the Catawba people was by Juan Pardo, another Spanish explorer, in 1567. This is noted in Vandera’s narratives of Pardo’s expedition. The narratives refer to the Catawba people as the Ysa Issa (Iswä). In the Catawba language, Iswä means “people of the river.” German explorer John Lederer was the third to document the existence of the Catawba people in 1670. His encounter is well documented in, The Discoveries of John Lederer, In three separate Marches from Virginia, To the West of Carolina, And other parts of the Continent: Begun in March 1669 and ended in September 1670. In this book, Lederer identifies the Catawba people as the Ushery.

European settlers began arriving in the Harrisburg area in the 1730s. It was not until around 1750 that European settlers began arriving in large numbers. During this period, these settlers were primarily Scotch-Irish and German immigrants. The majority of these settlers were arriving down the “Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania. The Great Wagon Road was to the east of present-day Harrisburg.

The Great Wagon Road, especially in the earliest days, was a rough trail more so than a constructed road. This was especially the case in North Carolina. The road began at Philadelphia and went through the Valley of Virginia into North Carolina, South Carolina, and ending in Georgia. The road’s origins can be traced to migrating herds of woods buffalo. American Indians began using the animal-worn path/trail/road  for trade with other Native Americans, and the road became known as the “Indian Road” or the “Great Warriors’ Path.”

The Great Wagon Road became a major factor in immigration to North Carolina starting around 1750. The road became the primary way early settlers migrated into the backcountry of the Carolinas and Georgia. Scotch-Irish and German immigrants. Many of these immigrants were fleeing religious persecution in their native countries. A journey on the Great Wagon Road was recorded in the autobiography of Anna Catherina Antes; “In the latter part of April 1759, we set out (from Pennsylvania) for North Carolina…It was not a long journey, only one month, for our big wagon was drawn by six horses…so we made good time. It was a pleasant experience; the country was new to me, and the budding trees and balmy air made us forget the bad stretches of road…” These large horse-drawn wagons came in many sizes and shapes; however, the Conestoga Wagons, named for the Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania where German immigrants made them, could carry eight to ten tons up to 15 miles per day.

These early settlers were primarily subsistence farmers. There were tradesmen among these immigrants; however, many of these tradesmen farmed as well. Of the European immigrants who migrated into North Carolina during this period, they were typically divided into three religious groups: Moravians, Lutherans, and the German Reformed Church.    

The 1800 US Census had Cabarrus County’s population at 5,094. The 2010 population in Cabarrus County’s Census was 178,011, and the Census estimate for 2019 was 221,479. Harrisburg’s population in the 1980 U.S. Census was 1,433. The 2010 Harrisburg U.S. Census was 11,526 and was estimated to have increased by 16,576 in 2019 by the U.S. Census.

The economic base for the Harrisburg area when the first settlers arrived in the 1700s was agriculture, and it continued to play a large role in the local economy into the 20th century. In the last two decades, Charlotte’s booming economy has had a huge effect on Harrisburg’s economic and population growth. The school system, lower taxes, and the short commute have made Harrisburg one of the fastest-growing towns in the area.

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