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Port city

Erie is a city in Erie County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after an Indian tribe.

The latitude of Erie is 42.129N. The longitude is -80.085W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 653 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 101,373.


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Median household income
Local
$28,387
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Erie demographic reports
Erie is on Lake Erie.
City street design copied the layout of Washington, DC.

Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry arrived in 1813 to supervise construction of a small fleet. The community boomed during the steamship era.

The port now handles shipments of ore, lumber, salt and machinery.

Public transportation: Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Roots: Many residents can trace their heritage to a small German village called Limersheim.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 447. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 4.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Fred Biletnikoff, football player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Great Lakes Independent Film Fest - Sept. 26-30, 2007
  • Eerie Horror Film Festival - Oct. 10-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Erie web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Erie Philharmonic, Lake Erie Ballet, Stage Right Community Theatre
Erie attractions: Erie Zoo, Waldameer Park & Water World
Sports teams: SeaWolves (minor league baseball), Erie Freeze (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic sites and museums: Erie Historical Museum and Planetarium, Erie History Center at Discovery Square, Erie Maritime Museum, Firefighters Historical Museum, U.S. Brig Niagara
Colleges and universities: Pennsylvania State University -- Behrend College, Mercyhurst College, Gannon University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 71

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Erie residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Erie ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Erie was $14,972, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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17% of Erie residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Erie include West 21st Street Historic District, West Park Place, West Sixth Street Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Erie, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $340.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $774.


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Libraries in Erie include Erie County Public Library, Iroquois Avenue Branch Library, Liberty Branch Library, Millcreek Mall Branch Library, Southeast Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Erie include Times & News

TV stations in Erie include WFXP, WICU, WJET, WQLN, WSEE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WQLN-FM.

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Erie County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Erie political report.

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Erie restaurants taking online reservations include papermoon Restaurant Gallery & Jazz Club ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Erie workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Erie between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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