Harrisonburg, Virginia Education and City Information

Harrisonburg, Virginia, has a population of more than 52,000, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. It is home to James Madison and Eastern Mennonite universities.

Information about Harrisonburg, Virginia

Located more than 1,325 feet above sea level, Harrisonburg experiences mild winters and hot, humid summers. The city offers residents and visitors breathtaking views and a quaint downtown area full of shopping, galleries and pubs. The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg features more than 300 quilts and a collection of antique and toy sewing machines. Additionally, the city hosts an annual international festival, featuring dance, music and folk art, as well as a variety of international foods, and the Super Gr8 Film Festival, which showcases only films shot with vintage cameras and Super 8 film.

Education in Harrisonburg

Located in Harrisonburg, James Madison University (JMU) is a 4-year public school that awards bachelor's through doctoral degrees, as well as certificates. The school enrolled over 20,800 students in Fall 2014, including more than 19,000 undergraduates.

U.S. News & World Report ranked JMU the seventh best regional university in the South in 2016, as well as the second best public school in the region. It also tied for the region's sixth most innovative school. Several of its graduate programs, including audiology, speech-language pathology and physician assistant, were ranked among the nation's top 70.

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), a Christian liberal arts school, also is located in Harrisonburg. This university offers more than 40 majors, ranging from religious studies and digital video production to environmental sustainability, kinesiology and exercise science. EMU had a student population of just over 1,690 undergraduate and graduate students as of Fall 2014.

Economy of Harrisonburg

As of 2015, the top employers in Harrisonburg included James Madison University, Aramark Campus LLC, Tenneco Automotive Operations, Fairfield and Sons LTD, George's Foods and Eastern Mennonite University, in addition to Harrisonburg City Public Schools and the City of Harrisonburg. After federal, state and local government, retail trade was the city's overall largest industry, followed by accommodation and food services and manufacturing.

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