Harrisburg has lost a few residents since the beginning of the decade, according to new 2012 population estimates released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.
It’s hardly a mass exodus by any means, but Pennsylvania’s capital city has lost 249 residents since 2010, according to census estimates. In 2012, Harrisburg’s city population stood at 49,279, a decline of 0.5 percent.
Harrisburg has faced no shortage of challenges.
The city’s financial calamities have drawn national attention. Harrisburg’s debt has soared to $370 million, due to costly repairs to the city’s incinerator. The state-appointed receiver, Maj. Gen. William Lynch, is negotiating agreements to try and resolve the city’s financial crisis.