Erie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 97,369 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Erie is the fourth largest community in Pennsylvania. Erie has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Erie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Erie is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Erie who work in office and administrative support (12.59%), sales jobs (10.10%), and food service (9.65%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Erie spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.88 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Many people in Erie take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Erie citizens for affordable transportation.
The citizens of Erie are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.76% of adults in Erie having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Erie in 2010 was $20,175, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,700 for a family of four. However, Erie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Erie is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Erie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Erie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Erie include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Erie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.