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Erie County, NY&

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0.17% decline
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Median Household Income
3.89% growth
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Number of Employees
1.88% decline
Median Property Value
4.72% growth

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The economy of Erie County, NY employs 442,651 people. The economy of Erie County, NY is specialized in Finance & Insurance; Healthcare & Social Assistance; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 1.46; 1.22; and 1.17 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Erie County, NY are Healthcare & Social Assistance (74,531), Retail trade (50,762), and Educational Services (47,513), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,988), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($47,757), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($47,500).

Median household income in Erie County, NY is $54,246. Males in Erie County, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,738. The income inequality of Erie County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.503 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Erie County, NY. In Erie County, NY the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 80 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,920. Bronx County, NY has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New York.


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Erie County, NY is home to a population of 921,046 people, from which 96.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Erie County, NY is composed of 697,733 White residents (75.8%), 119,079 Black residents (12.9%), 49,008 Hispanic residents (5.32%), 34,015 Asian residents (3.69%), and 16,674 Two+ residents (1.81%). The most common foreign languages in Erie County, NY are Spanish (28,675 speakers), Chinese (6,464 speakers), and Polish (5,785 speakers), but compared to other places, Erie County, NY has a relative high number of Polish (5,785 speakers), Italian (4,541 speakers), and Hungarian (467 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Erie County, NY awarded 20,092 degrees. The student population of Erie County, NY is skewed towards females, with 8,533 male students and 11,559 female students. Most students in Erie County, NY are White (12,218 and 60.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,858 and 9.2%), Asian (967 and 4.81%), and Unknown (930 and 4.63%). The largest universities in Erie County, NY by number of graduates are University at Buffalo (8,640 and 43%), Buffalo State SUNY (2,529 and 12.6%), and Erie Community College (2,474 and 12.3%). The most popular majors in Erie County, NY are General Business Administration & Management (1,029 and 5.12%), General Psychology (740 and 3.68%), and Registered Nursing (553 and 2.75%). The median tuition costs in Erie County, NY are $26,400 for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $23,710 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Erie County, NY is $146,400, which is 0.71 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $139,800 to $146,400, a 4.72% increase. The homeownership rate of Erie County, NY is 64.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Erie County, NY have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Erie County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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