Erie, PA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
270,495
0.518% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Fetterman
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
39.9
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
15.4%
1.84% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,396
6.16% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$160,200
11.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
124,388
0.342% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Erie, PA had a population of 270k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $59,396. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Erie, PA declined from 271,903 to 270,495, a −0.518% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,949 to $59,396, a 6.16% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Erie, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.69%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.54%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.96%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.9%).

None of the households in Erie, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.1% of the residents in Erie, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Erie, PA are Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (1,234 degrees awarded in 2022), Gannon University (1,194 degrees), and Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College (944 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Erie, PA was $160,200, and the homeownership rate was 68%.

Most people in Erie, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Erie, PA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Erie, PA is home to a population of 270k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.08% of Erie, PA residents were born outside of the country (11k people).

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (223k people) in Erie, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.57k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of Erie, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Erie, PA was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Erie, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    223k ± 620
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    18.1k ± 826
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    9.57k ± 1.02k
4.67%
Hispanic Population
12.6k people

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (223k people) in Erie, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.57k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.67% of the people in Erie, PA are hispanic (12.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Erie, PA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Pennsylvania.
Most Common Origin
  1. India
    99,082 ± 7,698 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,229 ± 7,349 people
  3. China
    69,880 ± 6,473 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 99,082 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,229 and China with 69,880.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.08%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
11k people
4.3%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
11.7k people

As of 2022, 4.08% of Erie, PA residents (11k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Erie, PA was 4.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,707 ± 461
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,835 ± 425
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,037 ± 295

Erie, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Erie, PA employs 124k people. The largest industries in Erie, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,654 people), Manufacturing (18,951 people), and Retail Trade (13,665 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,845), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,750), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,000).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,610. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

124k
2022 Value
± 2,687
−0.342%
1 Year decline
± 2.99%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Erie, PA declined at a rate of −0.342%, from 125k employees to 124k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Erie, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,213 people), Management Occupations (12,745 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (10,981 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Erie, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

124k
2022 Value
± 2,687
−0.342%
1 Year decline
± 2.99%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Erie, PA declined at a rate of −0.342%, from 125k employees to 124k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Erie, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,654 people), Manufacturing (18,951 people), and Retail Trade (13,665 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Erie, PA, though some of these residents may live in Erie, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,762
Median earning men ± $1,119
$31,981
Median earning women ± $1,213

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($62,917), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($60,572), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,601).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($47,868), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,486), and Wholesale Trade ($41,557).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 2.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 18.1%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,082
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,116
    Manufacturing
  3. 1,290
    Other Services, Except Public Administration

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pennsylvania went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%).

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
John Fetterman
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Erie, PA awarded 4,725 degrees. The student population of Erie, PA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 7,240 male students and 8,314 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Erie, PA are White (3,527 and 77.8%), followed by Asian (377 and 8.32%), Hispanic or Latino (212 and 4.68%), and Black or African American (211 and 4.66%).

The largest universities in Erie, PA by number of degrees awarded are Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (1,234 and 26.1%), Gannon University (1,194 and 25.3%), and Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College (944 and 20%).

The most popular majors in Erie, PA are Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (541 and 11.4%), Pharmacy (278 and 5.88%), and Other Health Preparatory Programs (188 and 3.98%).

The median tuition costs in Erie, PA are $35,620 for private four year colleges, and $15,388 and $25,854 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Erie, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 85.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 15,554 (46.5% men and 53.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 15,554 students enrolled in Erie, PA, 46.5% men and 53.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,369 records, of which 53.7% were women and 46.3% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Erie, PA was General Biological Sciences with 126 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Erie, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,234 degrees awarded
  2. 1,194 degrees awarded
  3. 944 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with 1,234 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,160 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Erie, PA, which is 0.842 times less than the 2,565 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,527 degrees mean that there were 9.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 377 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($35,620) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,008) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($2,405) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.733% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.743% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.98M), and Some college (1.83M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Erie, PA was $160,200 in 2022, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $144,100 to $160,200, a 11.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Erie, PA is 68%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Erie, PA have an average commute time of 19.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Erie, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Erie, PA is $59,396. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Erie, PA was Chester County, PA with a value of $118,574, followed by Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA, with respective values of $107,826 and $107,441.

Property

$160,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,199
$74,409
Median Property Taxes
±$1,891

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Erie, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68% of the housing units in Erie, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Erie, PA was Chester County, PA with a value of $118,574, followed by Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA, with respective values of $107,826 and $107,441.

The following map shows all of the counties in Erie, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$59,396
Median Household Income
± $1,515
109k
Number of Households
± 2,445

In 2022, the median household income of the 109k households in Erie, PA grew to $59,396 from the previous year's value of $55,949.

The following chart displays the households in Erie, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Erie, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2022, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.123% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.73%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.08%)

In 2022, 76.9% of workers in Erie, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.73%) and those who worked at home (7.08%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Erie, PA have a shorter commute time (19.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.61% of the workforce in Erie, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Erie, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Erie, PA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Erie, PA (39.7k out of 258k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Erie, PA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95.9% of the population of Erie, PA has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 21.1% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see 1222 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1235 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1406 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 421 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,222 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pennsylvania

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,222 patients per year. This represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1,235 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennsylvania in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23% under 18 years, 21.2% between 18 and 34 years, 37.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.13%
Uninsured
46.8%
Employer Coverage
21.1%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.32%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Erie, PA declined by 6.38% from 4.41% to 4.13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Erie, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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