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A+ Erie Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Erie Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than Pennsylvania
8614% less expensive than the US average
100same as the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Erie cost of living
C+ Erie Crime Total crime is 33% higher than Pennsylvania
Total crime
2,6145% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 395% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Erie crime
F Erie Employment Household income is 36% lower than Pennsylvania
Median household income
$35,20536% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,57734% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
Erie employment
F Erie Housing Home value is 48% lower than Pennsylvania
Median home value
$86,70053% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$66230% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%19% lower than the US average
Erie real estate or Erie rentals
F Erie Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Pennsylvania
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
40%18% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Erie K-12 schools or Erie colleges

Living in Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania is a moderately-sized city with a population of 100,157 residents. With a population density of 5,233 people per square mile, Erie is well above the nation's average density level. At 74%, the majority of the Erie population is White; this is followed by 16% Black and 3% Asian.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Erie, Pennsylvania. To help you find the best places to live in and around Erie, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

Erie, PA receives 67 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #1,226 in Pennsylvania and #15,235 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Erie has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). On a less positive note, Erie does not have favorable grades for the following: weather (D), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Erie on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Presque Isle State Park, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, and Waldameer Park & Water World.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Erie is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Erie come in at $86,700, which is 48.3% lower than the Pennsylvania average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Erie, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 19.4% lower than the Pennsylvania average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Erie will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Erie, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 0.7%.

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Drug Infested City

Everyday somebody overdoses on heroin, or prescription pills, it’s a sad and depressed town and crime doesn’t make it any better. Seriously a C? Should be an F! 4 people got shot yesterday and 2 people got stabbed today. Happens almost everyday somebody dies from getting killed by somebody or a drug overdose.
  • 9 0
Why you should move/stay away from Erie.

I’m gonna list off some pros and cons of this city.
1. We are very close to cities like Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo, New York & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2. We have a local amusement park here called Waldameer & Water World.
3. The Millcreek Mall (although it is pretty dead)
4. Presque Isle State Park
5. Bayfront Convention Center
6. Lake Erie + Beaches
Now here’s the cons.
1. Not safe at night.
2. Drugs & Crime are sky high.
3. East side of Erie is the worst part of town, and crime is also starting to rise in the west side.
4. Many abandoned/low income housing.
5. Shootings & Stabbings Constantly
6. Weather absolutely SUCKS
  • 11 -1
It's half and half really.

Erie has many great options, like an amusement park, the lake, hotels. But, the crime here is not the best. I would say crime is really a D or an F. There is a lot of stabbings and shootings here, mostly in the lower East side of town, I never feel safe at all walking at night either. Crazy, I wish I could move.
  • 15 0
This place is horrible

Lived here way to long. Over 35 years. Ready to move. The humidity is horrible (over 50%) and we are called the Mistake On The Lake and Dreary Erie for a reason. The crime is horrible on the lower East side and the lower West side is getting worse. Sure the cost of living might be appealing but there are NO jobs here and it is a customer service based industry which does not pay a livable wage. Presque Isle usually has a half a dozen beaches closed normally due to e coli and other gross stuff in it. The sun rarely shines here. The winters are brutal and a temperature difference of 30-40 in a 24 hour period is normal. We are always on the top 5 list for the most snow accumulation. We rarely have 4 seasons anymore. It is cold cold COLD. The summer is more like a spring with a never ending cold winter. Also the poverty is horrible and we are listed as one of the top states in the US for welfare recipients. LOTS of bars and drunks. Red Necks in Fairview, Girard, Lake City, Edinboro, Albion and I could go on and on. The place just has BAD energy now and has been getting worse for years. The fact that the weather is listed as a D+ and not an F while Sedona, AZ is listed as an F is pure bs.
  • 8 0
Pennsylvania's Coolest Vacation Hot Spot - Erie, PA

Once, I had asked my friends where they thought a great vacation spot was within the state of Pennsylvania. I usually get responses for Pittsburg or Philadelphia as the usual hotspots. After wanting to see something different that the state of Pennsylvania had to offer, I had the pleasure of spending time in Erie during the week after Easter; where I found something new and exciting to do each day. During my visit to the city of Erie, I found much more than I could have ever expected. Located in the northwestern part of the state, on the shore of Lake Erie; the city provides entertainment and fun for everyone; in addition to a small town friendliness from its residents.

There is an indoor water park which was loads of fun, as was the zoo and botanical gardens; only to name just a few of the attractions within the city of Erie. I found there was so much to do and so many attractions to see that I did not have the time to fit everything in during my stay. A drawback to my trip was that things were a bit pricier than I had expected for a city of its size, although given that the cost for the outstanding degree of entertainment, shopping, lodging and restaurants which I found in Erie (in comparison) other Pennsylvania cities are a great deal more expensive. In a financial aspect, I felt it was one vacation spot well worth the price.

I am looking forward to visiting Erie once again, however, this time it will be with my family during this summer. I am planning to stay for two weeks so we may take in everything the city has to offer. Another disadvantage I've found is that because of its location, the area is sometimes pummeled with lake effect snows during the winter season. Unless you are a resident of the area or have the tenacity to brave the icy elements, I suggest traveling at some point in the spring through fall because of the comfortable temperatures of spring and summer plus (if driving) the glorious autumn foliage. In my opinion, the city and everything it has to offer is well worth the trip.
  • 0 -7
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Source: The Erie, PA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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