Erie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 98,593 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Erie is the fourth largest community in Pennsylvania. Much of the housing stock in Erie was built prior to World War II, 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 (12.95%), sales jobs (10.13%), and food service (9.16%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.67 minutes getting to work every day.
A lot of people in Erie take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Erie, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The population of Erie overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Erie, 21.74% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Erie in 2010 was $19,577, 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 $78,308 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 Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Erie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.