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Overview
Population:280,181
Pop. Change:0%
State: Pennsylvania
Metro Area:Erie Metro Area
County:Erie
City:Erie, Millcreek township (Erie county), ... 43 total
Zip Code:16509, 16510, ... 29 total
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Erie's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


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. Still, overall employment trends are far from encouraging. 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 and uninspiring but a new waterfront redevelopment project is taking root with a new convention center, park facilities, and removal of some old industrial eyesores. 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 (188 days of precipitation per year, every other day on average, is highest in the country). A clear day in Erie is to be celebrated indeed

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[dg]F 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 84 inches of annual snow is by far the most in the state and ranks ninth in the country. Its 188 days of precipitation, the same as nearby Jamestown, New York, are the most in the United States. Spring weather is variable but usually cloudy and cool. First freeze is mid-October, last is early May.

Interesting Facts about the Erie, Pennsylvania Metro Area

As of 2014, Erie Metro Area's population is 280,181 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 0.16 percent.

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The median home cost in Erie Metro Area is $105,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.90 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Erie Metro Area's cost of living is 11.70% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Erie Metro Area public schools spend $12,738 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.5 students per teacher in Erie Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Erie Metro Area is 5.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Erie Metro Area 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 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Erie Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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