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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A-
  5. Diversity
    B
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    C-
  8. Cost of Living
    B
  9. Health & Fitness
    A-
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    A-
Erie County is located in Pennsylvania with a population of 275,972. In Erie County, most residents own their homes. In Erie County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Many families and young professionals live in Erie County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Erie County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$737
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    183.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    23.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    55.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    386.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,481.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    76.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Erie County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,716
National
$55,322

Erie County Reviews

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Erie county is a great place to raise your family. There’s a perfect balance for choices of public and private schools. We also have top notch colleges right in our backyards. There are lots of attractions all year round. Summer season, you can enjoy the beach, amusement park and community fairs. Winter season, you can sled ride, ski and snowmobile. The Fall is the best! You get to enjoy all the gorgeous colors of fall and don’t forget all the Pumpkins!
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In Erie, PA we have many opportunities for all types of people and all types of families. Our homes are cheaper then most around and we live in a good safe community. Between Presque isle and lake Erie, we have many attractions for lots of tourists to visit a safe but fun area. One thing I think Erie could work in is our diversity, many of our schools are primarily white, I feel that everyone should be exposed to many different races. This helps you learn more about how others grow up and live in different areas of the world.
I've lived in Erie County my whole life. One of the best things about living here is that everywhere is about 5 minutes away. Living in a small town has allowed me to meet my neighbors, my classmates, and people in my community and build bonds with them. The weather here can be a bit dramatic. In the summer time, we have beautiful sunny skies, which you can watch over the lake. It's a great time to take out a boat, have some sandwiches, and fish or jet skii all day long. In the winter time, not only does our beautiful lake freeze to the point we can walk on it, but the snow starts and seems to never stop. It's over all a very safe place. My father was a policeman here for twenty years, and through the good and the bad, we've always been ecstatic to call Erie home.