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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$86,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$662
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Erie Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    184
    283
  • Murder
    10
    6
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    116
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    573
    500
  • Theft
    1,623
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    105
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,205
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

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I moved to Erie to continue going to school. While the cost of living was higher than I expected, I still acquired a job and place to live with relative ease. The location of this city has been my favorite part of living here so far as it is not far from Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, making it a prime location for travelling to other areas. I have also been able to enjoy many outdoor activities living in this area as Presque Isle offers a safe place to get outside and Allegheny State Park is within a reasonable driving distance. The local culture and small businesses are also another enjoyable feature with many start ups all over that are easy to support because the service is amazing.
While I do not intend to stay here very long, I would highly recommend living in Erie to anyone that is okay with the amount of snow they get! It seems to be a great place to raise a family as there are many schools and higher educational institutions.
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I've lived in Erie, PA my entire life, this is my one and only home. Its absolutely beautiful here! Lake Erie to the night life and of course the sunsets over the water are the highlights. If your looking to come for the famous known Smith hot-dogs or the famous amusement park Waldameer and Water world, you'll have the time of your life. My city has a lot of diversity because our universities and tourist attractions, and I would love to see more tour boats more like the Victorian Princess Cruise Line. The Victorian Princess allows you to go out on the water and have a formal meal with loved ones or friends. It ships out at different times so the choice is yours. Just spending nice warm days on the dock feeding the geese and fish, is unforgettable. If anyone is looking to relax or enjoy being at the water come and visit us in Erie! Although the city is small I enjoy seeing new faces and the yearly events downtown.
Erie is a nice city, however it has slowly gone down hill. I have lived here almost 4 years, and in the time I've been here, things have only gotten worse. I live in what used to be a "good part of town", and have watched as the community has declined. While I understand there is violence everywhere, I should not be terrified to take a walk around the block or ride my bike to a store down the road, for fear of being shot or stabbed. Aside from the violence, the streets have potholes 6 inches deep and 2 feet around, people are blasting their music during all hours of the night, and it seems like home owners and renters have lost all desire to maintain their properties. Very sad!