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Erie Metro Area
Profile: Small industrial city Location: Extreme northwest Pennsylvania along south shore of Lake Erie Elevation: 731 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
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Erie, Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, is a major port and industrial center in the northwest corner of the state. Located between Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, about 75 miles from each, Erie has a pleasant if somewhat declining small-town feel and many historic sites. Its role as a shipping point for the steel industry has been declining for years, but is being replaced by plastics and some high value-added manufacturing activities.
The lake is a popular destination for fishing and boating, and Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania’s largest state park, offers water recreation and good beaches. The downtown area is plain but a new waterfront redevelopment project is taking root with a new convention center and park facilities. The city has some minor cultural amenities and museums and a minor-league baseball team. The location with respect to Lake Erie makes it one of the cloudiest, rainiest, and snowiest places in the country (180+ days of precipitation per year).
The area is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie. The terrain rises gradually away from the shoreline in a series of ridges. Cool lake breezes, which may reach several miles inland, temper summer heat waves, and days with temperatures above 90 degrees are infrequent. Autumn, with long dry periods and abundant sunshine, is usually the most pleasant season.
The lake moderates the temperature of cold air masses arriving from Canada but the same effect produces considerable cloudiness and frequent snowfall. The area’s 80+ inches of annual snow is by far the most in the state and some of the most in the country. Spring weather is variable but usually cloudy and cool. First freeze is mid-October, last is early May.
Interesting Facts about Erie, Pennsylvania
As of 2014, Erie's population is 101,454 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.22 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Erie is $74,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.70 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Erie's cost of living is 17.90% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Erie public schools spend $12,738 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.8 students per teacher in Erie.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Erie is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Erie jobs have Increased by 1.86 percent.
Ranked #9 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #71 Best Green Cities
Ranked #309 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Erie's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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moved from Erie at 16 in '83: I was so glad to leave. I lived in Lawrence, Park also which was better. I returned in 2010 to visit Erie and Lp the old hood looked run down. I was into Martial Arts... (read more)Erie, PA is what you make it: I recently relocated to Erie from San Antonio, TX in October of 2011 and prior to that I have resided in South Florida, Detroit, South Jersey, and Northern California... (read more)re: Erie, PA - 7/15/2011: I love Erie because of the lake, low cost of living, and outdoor activities, but let me correct one thing, THERE ARE NO JOBS IN ERIE. Its hard to get a job at Walmart... (read more)Have an opinion about Erie? Leave a commentTo See All SperlingViews for Erie Click Here