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Overview

Introduction to Erie, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania lake port city of Erie is located in the northwest corner of the state along the shore of the lake for which it is named, Lake Erie, a name which is derived from the Eriez Indian tribe. Situated about halfway between the cities of Cleveland, Ohio (to the west) and Buffalo, N.Y. (to the east), both of which are about 95 miles away, Erie was once known as the Gem City but has more recently been come to be known as the Flagship City due to the presence of the U.S. Brig Niagara, flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The city is well connected to the Interstate Highway system, receiving the benefit of service from Interstates I-90, I-86, and I-79. Other major roads servicing Erie include U.S. Routes 19 and 20; and Pennsylvania State Highway 5.

First settled in the latter half of the 18th century by both French and English settlers, Erie was founded in 1795 and immediately became a significant port which focused initially on the salt trade. One of the city's proudest historical moments occurred in 1813, when Commodore Oliver Perry, whose ships were mostly built in Erie, defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. After the American Revolution, the city emerged as a maritime center and later as a railroad hub during America's westward expansion. By the 20th century, Erie had transformed itself to a large industrial center, focusing largely on iron and steel manufacturing. No longer reliant on heavy manufacturing, Erie today has begun to attract a more diverse mix of mid-sized industries. Small steel and plastic plants have emerged as driving forces in the city's economy, along with a robust service sector largely focused on tourism.

Erie Attractions

Erie is brimming with places of interest for both culture and recreation. One of the region's major cultural arts centers is the Warner Theatre. Commissioned by the Warner Brothers in 1929, the venue is home to several professional and amateur performing-arts groups, the most significant of which is the Erie Philharmonic, one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the country. The Erie Art Museum, housed in a former U.S. Customs House, features a wealth of changing art exhibits focusing largely on modern art and folk art. The Erie Children's Museum, geared towards visitors aged 2 to 12, offers a wide variety of interactive displays in the areas of science and the humanities. Presque Isle State Park boasts 7 miles of beaches and 11 miles of hiking trails, and offers cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, and ice-skating in winter. Annual events in the city include the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts, the Wine Country Harvest Festival, and "Celebrate Erie," a large urban arts and entertainment festival which takes place in mid-August.

Erie boasts a long history of various semi-pro and professional sports teams. Current residents of the city include the Erie SeaWolves, a minor league baseball team which plays in the Eastern League. The SeaWolves are the Class double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers. Also in town are the Erie Otters, a junior community-based hockey team playing in the Ontario Hockey League. The Otters play their games in the city's Tullio Arena. Erie is also home to the Erie Freeze, a professional indoor football team which plays in the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA).

Demographics

People

Total Population100,157
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+42,428
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married35.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,657
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,789
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,406

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,057
% Above Poverty Level73.6%
% Below Poverty Level26.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$662
Median House Value$86,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.5%
Irish14.7%
Italian12.4%
Polish10.9%
English5.7%
African1.6%
Swedish1.5%
French Except Basque1.4%
Slovak1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Arab1.1%
Russian1%
Hungarian1%
Scottish0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Iraqi0.5%
Greek0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Czech0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Liberian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
German0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
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Erie Almanac

CategoryValue
County Erie County
Standard Zip Codes16501, 16502, 16503, 16504, 16505, 16506, 16507, 16508, 16509, 16510, 16511, 16515, 16541, 16544, 16546, 16550, 16563, 16565
P.O. Box Zip Codes16512, 16514
Company Zip Codes16522, 16530, 16531, 16534, 16538, 16553
Phone Area Codes814
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.12
Approximate Longitude-80.08

Erie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationERIE AP
Distance5.9 miles
Jan Temp20 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp64 to 80 F
Oct Temp46 to 61 F
Annual Precip42.7 inches
StationCORRY
Distance27.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationMEADVILLE 1 S
Distance34.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fairview2,836$86,333
Girard3,042$72,650
McKean439$66,563

Erie Public Libraries

Erie County Public Library
BLASCO MEM LIB, 160 E FRONT ST
Erie, Pennsylvania
(814) 451-6900

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Erie Hospitals

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Erie
(Proprietary)
143 East 2nd Street
(814) 878-1200
Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
135 East 38th Street
(814) 868-8661
Select Specialty Hospital Erie
(Proprietary)
252 West 11th Street
(814) 874-5300
Upmc Hamot
(Non-profit)
201 State Street
(814) 877-6000
Shriners Hospitals For Children - Erie
(Non-profit)
1645 West 8th Street
(814) 875-8700
Saint Vincent Health Center
(Non-profit)
232 West 25th Street
(814) 452-5000
Millcreek Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
5515 Peach Street
(814) 864-4031

Erie Public Schools

Perseus House Cs Of Excellence
1511 Peach Street
ZIP: 16501
(814) 480-5914
Other
Total Enrollment 593
Emerson-gridley El Sch
816 Park Ave N
ZIP: 16502
(814) 874-6450
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Strong Vincent Hs
1330 W 8th St
ZIP: 16502
(814) 874-6500
High
Total Enrollment 685
Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter Sch
2501 Plum Street
ZIP: 16502
(814) 520-6468
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Wayne Sch
650 East Ave
ZIP: 16503
(814) 874-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Pfeiffer-burleigh Sch
235 E 11th St
ZIP: 16503
(814) 874-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 781
East Hs
1001 Atkins St
ZIP: 16503
(814) 874-6400
High
Total Enrollment 991
Mckinley El Sch
933 E 22nd St
ZIP: 16503
(814) 874-6870
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Lincoln El Sch
831 E 31st St
ZIP: 16504
(814) 874-6685
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Jefferson El Sch
230 East 38th St
ZIP: 16504
(814) 874-6650
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Woodrow Wilson Ms
718 E 28th St
ZIP: 16504
(814) 874-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 737
Harding Sch
820 Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 16505
(814) 874-6550
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Westlake Ms
4330 W Lake Rd
ZIP: 16505
(814) 835-5750
Middle
Total Enrollment 586
Tracy El Sch
2624 W 6th St
ZIP: 16505
(814) 835-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Grandview El Sch
4301 Lancaster Rd
ZIP: 16506
(814) 836-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 709
Montessori Regional Cs
2910 Sterrettania Rd
ZIP: 16506
(814) 833-7771
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Mcdowell Hs
3580 West 38th St
ZIP: 16506
(814) 835-5402
High
Total Enrollment 2494
Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Cs
1446 East Lake Rd
ZIP: 16507
(814) 461-9600
Other
Total Enrollment 395
Perry El Sch
955 W 29th St
ZIP: 16508
(814) 874-6485
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Grover Cleveland El Sch
1540 W 38th St
ZIP: 16508
(814) 874-6670
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Roosevelt Ms
3325 Cherry Street
ZIP: 16508
(814) 874-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
Northwest Pa Collegiate Academy
2825 State St
ZIP: 16508
(814) 874-6300
High
Total Enrollment 789
Central Career & Technical Sch
3325 Cherry St
ZIP: 16508
(814) 874-6200
High
Total Enrollment 975
Erie County Technical School
8500 Oliver Road
ZIP: 16509
(814) 464-8600
High
Seneca Hs
10770 Wattsburg Rd
ZIP: 16509
(814) 824-3400
High
Total Enrollment 497
James S Wilson Ms
901 W 54 St
ZIP: 16509
(814) 835-5500
Middle
Total Enrollment 569
Chestnut Hill El Sch
1001 W 54th St
ZIP: 16509
(814) 835-5577
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Belle Valley El Sch
5300 Henderson Rd
ZIP: 16509
(814) 835-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Wattsburg Area Ms
10774 Wattsburg Rd
ZIP: 16509
(814) 824-3400
Middle
Total Enrollment 402
Robison El Sch
1651 Robison Road West
ZIP: 16509
(814) 868-5565
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Wattsburg Area El Ctr
10780 Wattsburg Rd
ZIP: 16509
(814) 824-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
Rolling Ridge El Sch
3700 Ridge Pkwy
ZIP: 16510
(814) 897-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Diehl Sch
2327 Fairmont Pkwy
ZIP: 16510
(814) 874-6585
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Joanna Connell Sch
1820 E 38th St
ZIP: 16510
(814) 874-6785
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Clark El Sch
3650 Depot Rd
ZIP: 16510
(814) 897-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Iroquois El Sch
4231 Morse St
ZIP: 16511
(814) 899-7643
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Iroquois Jshs
4301 Main Street
ZIP: 16511
(814) 899-7643
High
Total Enrollment 568
Klein El Sch
5325 E Lake Rd
ZIP: 16511
(814) 897-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Edison El Sch
1921 E Lake Rd
ZIP: 16511
(814) 874-6470
Primary
Total Enrollment 529

Erie Private Schools

Luther Memorial Learning Center
220 W 11th St
ZIP: 16501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 145
St Peter Cathedral Center School
160 W 11th St
ZIP: 16501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 229
Cathedral Preparatory School
225 W 9th St
ZIP: 16501
Secondary
Total Enrollment 549
Blessed Sacrament School
2510 Greengarden Rd
ZIP: 16502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 304
Holy Family School
1153 E 9th St
ZIP: 16503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
Sarah A Reed Children's Center
310 E 10th St
ZIP: 16503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
St Luke School
425 E 38th St
ZIP: 16504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 320
St John-holy Rosary Eastside Catholic School
504 E 27th St
ZIP: 16504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Our Ladys Christian School
606 Lowell Ave
ZIP: 16505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 312
Erie Day School
1372 W 6th St
ZIP: 16505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
Villa Maria Elementary School
2551 W 8th St
ZIP: 16505
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
Villa Maria Academy
2403 W 8th St
ZIP: 16505
Secondary
Total Enrollment 301
Community Country Day School
5800 Old Zuck Rd
ZIP: 16506
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 89
Our Lady Of Peace Elementary School
2401 W 38th St
ZIP: 16506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 355
South Hills Child Development Center
3808 Caughey Rd
ZIP: 16506
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Dr Gertrude A Barber National Institute
100 Barber Pl
ZIP: 16507
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 119
Abraxas Learning Center
429 W 6th St
ZIP: 16507
Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
Bethel Christian School
1781 W 38th St
ZIP: 16508
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 63
Erie First Christian Academy
8150 Oliver Rd
ZIP: 16509
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 207
St Boniface Elementary School
9363 Wattsburg Rd
ZIP: 16509
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
St George School
1612 Bryant St
ZIP: 16509
Elementary
Total Enrollment 431
Montessori In The Woods
1390 Townhall Rd W
ZIP: 16509
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
1531 E Grandview Blvd
ZIP: 16510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
St James Elementary
2602 Buffalo Rd
ZIP: 16510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
Gannondale Residential Center For Girls
4635 E Lake Rd
ZIP: 16511
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
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City of Erie c1900.

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City of Erie c1900.

Coal trestle and car dumping plant ca. 1900

Penna. Ry. Pennsylvania Railroad (coal trestle) ca. 1900

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