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Erie, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

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The City of Erie is the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 101,594 as of July 1, 2016. Erie ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Erie is located at latitude 42.1166 and longitude -80.0735 in Erie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Erie (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Erie County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 653 feet.

The City of Erie (GNIS ID: 1215209) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Erie population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Erie: City of Erie.

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Erie, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 101,594
Population in Households 96,342
Population in Familes 69,560
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,252
Population Density1 5,309
Diversity Index2 53


Total Households 41,141
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 22,751
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 45,719 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,428 (44.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,713 (45.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,578 (10.0%)
Median Home Value $83,888
Average Home Value $109,270


Median Household Income $34,206
Average Household Income $47,536
Per Capita Income $20,089
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.03% -0.1%
Households 0.09% -0.02%
Families -0.11% -0.14%
Median Household Income   -1.29%
Per Capita Income   1.24%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Erie, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Erie to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 100th
Population Density1 # 118 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 98 94th
Median Household Income # 1633 7th
Per Capita Income # 1540 13th

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