Is York in Harrisburg? Yes and no
The headline probably has you scratching your head.
Yes, I know York is not in Harrisburg. It's not even in Dauphin County.
But it is in the greater Harrisburg area, if you examine the monthly and quarterly home-sales data from the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors.
It is a fact that the GHAR's statistical side, Central Penn Multi-List Inc., tracks three entire counties — Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry. But it also receives sales figures from members across the midstate who report sales from other counties.
So while its coverage area reported 758 sales in July — a 4.8 percent increase over July 2012 — those three counties accounted for only 550 sales. The other 27.4 percent came from areas such as northern York County, western Lebanon County and northern Lancaster County.
And some of those sales could also be included in figures provided by associations in those counties.
If we're only counting 550 sales for the greater Harrisburg area (Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties), July sales were up 6.2 percent compared with the same month a year ago when there were 518 in the three-county region.
The influence of neighboring counties is fairly consistent each month. When the GHAR last fall launched its monthly "quick" sheets that show individual sales for its primary counties, other counties accounted for 29.5 percent of sales in the Central Penn Multi-List.
Is it fair to call it the greater Harrisburg area? If you live or do business outside of Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, do you consider yourself in the greater Harrisburg area? You might, but I doubt it.