A business district and town center developed near the railroad, but in 1923, with the construction of what is now known as N.C. 49, Harrisburg's business district shifted to the new road. Harrisburg Depot closed in 1933.
Due to its proximity to Charlotte and convenient highway access, Harrisburg has developed into one of the top ten most affluent zip codes in the Charlotte region, with population growing from 2,000 a decade ago to over 14,000 today. The Town is known for amenities such as premium housing and large homesites, a robust Parks & Recreation program, frequent family entertainment/events--most notably the three-day July 4th festival including parade, bands, amusements, pageant--top performing schools, low taxes and a tight-knit community. Harrisburg is projected to be one of the top five fastest growing municipalities in North Carolina over the next ten years, according to the NC Office of State Budget and Management.