Erie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 96,471 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Erie is the fourth largest community in Pennsylvania. Erie has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Erie is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.07%), food service (9.71%), and sales jobs (9.65%).
One of the benefits of Erie is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.24 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
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 21.41% of adults in Erie having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Erie in 2018 was $20,954, 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 $83,816 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 Arabic.