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Overall Niche Grade
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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 98,970. 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
$87,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$679
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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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
    163.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    94
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    434.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,400.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    108.5
    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
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 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
    23%
    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
$35,802
National
$55,322
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Erie Reviews

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Erie is a wonderful place to grow up! There are plenty of venues for all ages. We have a lot of local minor league teams as well as many colleges nearby. There are both private and public elementary, middle, and high schools. In Erie we do get all four seasons with beautiful views.
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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.
I grew up south of Pittsburgh and came to Erie for my undergrad — I've now been here for 7 years. The charm of the area truly lures you in! Cost of living is low, there's great nightlife and food, lots of different schooling options for families, and an Erie summer cannot be beat — it truly turns into a beach town. We always say you get everything a big city has in a small city format.