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Central Dauphin: Where Students and Residents Thrive

Central Dauphin, Dauphin County's largest school district and Pennsylvania's 14th largest school district, spans a nearly 120 square mile area northeast of Harrisburg. Communities within this school system are mostly suburban, and they include places like Swatara Township, West Hanover Township, and Paxtang Borough.

If you're considering buying a home or selling a home in a community within the Central Dauphin School District, this local area guide and our real estate experts can help with everything.


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Get to Know the Central Dauphin Area

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Its Location

Since communities within the Central Dauphin School District are located northeast of Harrisburg, residents have easy access to the city and major highways around it. I-81 is the closest major highway that travels through the area, followed by US-22.

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Its School District

The Central Dauphin School District is comprised of 19 total schools — 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Students can take advantage of accelerated courses in subjects like European History and Calculus, compete on a variety of sports teams, and participate in organizations like Student Council and National Junior Honor Society.

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Its Annual Events

While Central Dauphin's schools host community events throughout the year, communities in this area also have their fair share of fun things to do. Residents can participate in local sports leagues and organizations, enjoy social events at country clubs, or simply meet their neighbors while out and about.

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Its Local History

Dauphin County has a rich history dating back centuries. Indian trails, canals, wagon roads, and the railroad all played an influential role in the area's development, and to this day many remnants of these historical sites remain.


Contact the John Smith Real Estate Group

Our real estate experts are intimately familiar with the Central Dauphin School District and the communities within this area. We would love to provide you with any resources you need to make the best decision. Give us a call at 717-367-2400!

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