Erie, PA

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Erie, PA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Erie Housing Market Information

With a population of 97,369, 40,507 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $76,531, house prices in Erie are some of the most affordable in Pennsylvania as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Erie, accounting for 56.03% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Erie include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 26.49%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 12.25%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.41%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Erie are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 48.82% owning and 51.18% renting.

The housing in Erie was primarily built before 1939 ( 41.70%), making the housing stock in Erie some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Erie. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 38.21%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 17.09%). There's also some housing in Erie built between 2000 and later ( 3.00%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Erie. Fully 10.90% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Erie homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Erie real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Erie Home Appreciation Rates

Erie's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Erie during the period has been just 0.61%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Over the last year, Erie appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Erie's appreciation rate has been 1.62%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Erie were at -1.70%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -6.62%.

Notably, Erie's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Pennsylvania, our data show that Erie's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% of the other cities and towns in Pennsylvania.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Erie differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Erie - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Erie real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,023,000 0.3
$768,001 - $1,023,000 0.3
$512,001 - $768,000 0.6
$409,001 - $512,000 0.6
$307,001 - $409,000 1.0
$204,001 - $307,000 1.7
$102,001 - $204,000 22.9
$51,001 - $102,000 51.3
$0 - $51,000 21.2

Very Low for PA
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
94.5868613138686 93.1467181467181

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Erie Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
27.35% 1.26%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$885 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 48.82
Renters 51.18
Vacant 10.90

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 3.0
1970 - 1999 17.1
1940 - 1969 38.2
1939 or Older 41.7

Types of Homes

Single-Family 56.0
Townhomes 4.4
Small Apt. Buildings 26.5
Apt. Complexes 12.2
Mobile Homes 0.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.64
1 Bedroom 13.92
2 Bedrooms 27.72
3 Bedrooms 41.15
4 Bedrooms 11.77
5 or more bedrooms 2.80