Our beleaguered capital city shot up 25 places on WSJ‘s MarketWatch‘s Best Cities For Business annual ranking. Harrisburg ranked 34th in 2009 and 9th for 2010.
Criteria changed this year which helped Harrisburg achieve a much improved place on the list. Tourism, military GDP and personal income helped propel Harrisburg to a Top 10 spot. Harrisburg also has a high ranking of Russell 2000 companies, Forbes Private Companies and of course, Hershey Foods in its suburbs.
More changes are expected next year that could make it difficult for Harrisburg to maintain a Top 10 spot as economic stability will weigh in more heavily next year. We all know the City of Harrisburg has some problems in that area!
Washington, D.C took top honors this year. Pittsburgh ranked 18th, Philadelphia ranked 29th, Allentown and Lancaster tied at 63rd place and Scranton came in at 100. The survey included 102 cities with metro areas over 500,000.
I would say that is a decent showing from Pennsylvania!