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0.66% decline
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3.33% growth
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0.34% growth
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The economy of Erie County, PA employs 127,683 people. The economy of Erie County, PA is specialized in Manufacturing; Healthcare & Social Assistance; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 1.85; 1.36; and 1.28 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Erie County, PA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (23,971), Manufacturing (22,293), and Accommodation & Food Service (12,766), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,783), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($44,250), and Finance & Insurance ($41,758).

Median household income in Erie County, PA is $48,964. Males in Erie County, PA have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,396. The income inequality of Erie County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454 which is lower 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, PA. In Erie County, PA 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 82 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,577. Philadelphia County, PA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Pennsylvania.


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Erie County, PA is home to a population of 276,207 people, from which 97.5% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Erie County, PA is composed of 233,756 White residents (84.6%), 19,360 Black residents (7.01%), 11,340 Hispanic residents (4.11%), 5,406 Two+ residents (1.96%), and 4,980 Asian residents (1.8%). The most common foreign languages in Erie County, PA are Spanish (5,730 speakers), Russian (1,340 speakers), and Arabic (1,123 speakers), but compared to other places, Erie County, PA has a relative high number of Serbo-Croatian (978 speakers), Other Slavic (510 speakers), and Russian (1,340 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Erie County, PA awarded 6,510 degrees. The student population of Erie County, PA is skewed towards females, with 2,871 male students and 3,639 female students. Most students in Erie County, PA are White (5,111 and 78.5%), followed by Black or African American (330 and 5.07%), Asian (265 and 4.07%), and Unknown (207 and 3.18%). The largest universities in Erie County, PA by number of graduates are Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1,594 and 24.5%), Gannon University (1,200 and 18.4%), and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (978 and 15%). The most popular majors in Erie County, PA are Registered Nursing (176 and 2.7%), General Biological Sciences (153 and 2.35%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (151 and 2.32%). The median tuition costs in Erie County, PA are $30,185 for private four year colleges, and $7,238 and $7,600 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, PA is $125,700, which is 0.61 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $121,800 to $125,700, a 3.2% increase. The homeownership rate of Erie County, PA is 66%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Erie County, PA have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Erie County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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