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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  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
Erie is a city in Pennsylvania with a population of 98,156. Erie is in Erie County. Living in Erie offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Erie there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Erie and residents tend to have moderate political views.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$698
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Erie Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    333.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    56.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    356.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,438.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
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
    14%
    13%

Working in Erie

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,882
National
$55,322
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Erie Reviews

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The cost of living to income ratio is way off. Erie is a tourist town so most jobs are part time at minimum wage, which is only $7.25 in Pennsylvania. You're VERY lucky if you find a full time job paying $8 or $9/hr. It's very hard to make a living there without having multiple jobs. As far as weather goes, summertime is super humid and winter is long and rough, with copious amounts of snow! Be prepared to add an extra hour or more to your morning routine during winter to shovel your driveway (everyday!)and to drive slow on winter days. And, be prepared for EXTREMELY high heating bills during winter. Schools are underfunded and some have even closed permanently. City planners waste money and drive out any chance of bringing in new business. People here are typically pleasant, but drugs and crime are a growing problem in Erie. I would recommend Erie for vacation, but NOT for permanent living. Happy that I got out!
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Erie is a pretty decent place to live. The cost of renting apartments isn't too high and there are plenty of jobs available! The only issue would be the drug and crime rate, but I would think that most cities have this issue. Thankfully Erie is a very small city, so the traffic isn't too terrible during rush-hour. Another thing to look out for is the winter time. Snow happens and it can happen fast. Definitely have winter tires and all wheel drive if you have a car! Public transportation is pretty widely available and can get you all around the city.
I love Erie. It is such a beautiful place to live. The beaches on Presque Isle are so nice, they are great spots for hanging out with friends or spending time with family. There are a lot of amazing restaurants in Erie that have a variety of foods. The weather in the summer is great, but in the winter it sometimes gets bad. There are a lot of cool places to go have fun at. There are bowling places, water parks, amusements parks, nice hotels, laser tag...etc. This is a great place to live or visit!