Carlisle, PA Business Overview

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Carlisle is a part of the Harrisburg-Carlisle area in Cumberland County. The major industries in the county are: service, health care, insurance, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation.

Additionally, a number of the companies within this county have headquarters, including Giant Aids Food Corporation and Rite Aid Corporation. The county overall has more than 120,000 employees and has a lower unemployment rate than the national average. The Cumberland Economic Development and other organizations within Cumberland County aid entrepreneurship.

Although the city is a popular residential area for commuters to Harrisburg, there are major employers in Carlisle. The area is strong in service and technology-based firms, and includes top employers such as Dickinson College, Carlisle-based Ahold Financial Services LLC and the Carlisle Area School District.


The average commute time for those living in Carlisle is about 17 minutes, which is lower than the national average.

Cumberland County is in a prime location for transportation. Its location at the intersections of major roads, routes 83, Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is convenient for warehouses throughout the US.

Carlisle Business Airport is a privately owned airport that averages approximately 67 flights a day. The nearest commercial airport, Harrisburg International Airport, is less than an hour away in Harrisburg. The airport flies to major cities in the eastern United States, Denver, Colorado, and select cities in Canada. There are more than 20 arrivals and departures a day on major airlines, such as Delta, U.S. Airways, Air Canada and United.

Carlisle also has a train station, the Memorial Park Train Station, and the Harrisburg Amtrak is less than 30 minutes away in Middletown.

See our list of top employers in Carlisle.