Erie, Pennsylvania Population 2020

94,619

Erie is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 94,619, it is the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown) and the 350th largest city in the United States. Erie is currently declining at a rate of -0.97% annually and its population has decreased by -7.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 101,786 in 2010. Erie reached it's highest population of 138,440 in 1960. Spanning over 19 miles, Erie has a population density of 4,943 people per square mile.

The average household income in Erie is $49,498 with a poverty rate of 26.39%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $698 per month, and the median house value is $87,800. The median age in Erie is 34.7 years, 33.3 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males.

Erie Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Erie was:

  • White: 73.29%
  • Black or African American: 16.77%
  • Two or more races: 4.15%
  • Asian: 3.01%
  • Other race: 2.32%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Erie, Pennsylvania is 94,619, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 96,471.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 101,786.

Erie, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020268,399-1,831-0.68%
2019270,230-1,831-0.68%
2018272,061-1,831-0.67%
2017273,892-2,397-0.88%
2016276,289-1,893-0.69%
2015278,182-1,255-0.45%
2014279,437-1,287-0.46%
2013280,724-799-0.28%
2012281,5232270.08%
2011281,2964990.18%
2010280,7970.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White71,93973.29%
Black or African American16,46516.77%
Two or More Races4,0744.15%
Asian2,9523.01%
Some Other Race2,2822.32%
American Indian and Alaska Native3920.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander520.05%

Erie Population Pyramid 2020

Erie Median Age

34.7


Total

33.3


Male

36.1


Female

Erie Adults

There are 75,471 adults, (13,878 of whom are seniors) in Erie.

Erie Age Dependency

59.4

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Erie Sex Ratio

Female

49,609

50.54%

Male

48,547

49.46%

Erie Households and Families

Erie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Erie Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.4%24.6%
All51%49%
Male48.3%51.7%
Non Family40.5%59.5%
Female33.7%66.3%

51.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All40,1822.3151
Non Family18,2481.2640.5
Married12,8643.175.4
Female6,6843.3433.7
Male2,3863.2648.3

3.08

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

8.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Erie Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1554.92%
9th to 12th Grade5,7308.93%
High School Graduate26,10140.67%
Some College10,26716.00%
Associates Degree5,1838.08%
Bachelors Degree9,44214.71%
Graduate Degree4,2976.70%

Erie Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White48,89043,93911,686
Black8,9837,2011,143
Hispanic3,5892,305289
Asian1,641871280
Other Race1,209753146
Multiple Races1,111944253
Native American22317431
Islander4135

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.87%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 23.90%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,041$32,092$25,544
Less Than High School$19,506$23,999$15,669
High School Grad$25,162$30,073$21,787
Some College$30,071$32,661$27,389
Bachelors Degree$37,370$40,590$32,616
Graduate Degree$54,633$66,447$46,218

$29,041

Average Earnings

$32,092

Average Male

$25,544

Average Female

Erie Language

Erie Language by Age

Erie Language

87.30% of Erie residents speak only English, while 12.70% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.82% of the population.

Erie Poverty

Erie Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White64,23612,83119.97%
Black15,7106,07938.70%
Hispanic7,2974,07055.78%
Multiple3,8321,80347.05%
Other2,2281,09048.92%
Asian2,82651818.33%
Native3876416.54%
Islander521019.23%

26.39%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.20%

Male Poverty Rate

27.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Erie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Erie is Hispanic, with 55.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Erie is Native, with 16.54% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.01%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.91%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.29%
High School21.84%
Some College17.06%
Bachelors or Greater11.28%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed50.61%
Male Unemployed44.99%
Female Employed13.96%
Male Employed10.94%

Erie Income

Erie Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,882$49,498
Families$45,875$59,779
Married Families$61,434$75,414
Non Families$24,601$34,839

Erie Marital Status

Erie Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.6%

Male Marriage Rate

33.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Erie Married by Age and Sex

Erie Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Erie Marital Status by Race

Erie Veterans

5,921

Number of Veterans

5,322

Male Veterans

599

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,001
Second Gulf War798
First Gulf War754
Korea615
World War II338
Age Group Veterans
75+1,544
65 to 741,455
35 to 541,225
55 to 641,130
18 to 34567
Name Veterans % of Total
White5,1098.66%
Black6335.76%
2 or More815.19%
Hispanic751.65%
Asian522.54%
Indian165.50%
Other150.98%
Hawaiian1528.85%

$Erie Veterans by Education

14.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.56%

Veteran Disability Rate

Erie Employment Status

59%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Erie Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

73.35%

Born in Pennsylvania

92.00%

Native Born

8.00%

Foreign Born

4.58%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.00% of Erie residents were born in the United States, with 73.35% having been born in Pennsylvania. 4.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202094,619-926-0.97%
201995,545-926-0.96%
201896,471-842-0.87%
201797,313-926-0.94%
201698,239-785-0.79%
201599,024-688-0.69%
201499,712-821-0.82%
2013100,533-754-0.74%
2012101,287-219-0.22%
2011101,506-218-0.21%
2010101,724-1,993-0.19%
2000103,717-5,001-0.47%
1990108,718-10,405-0.91%
1980119,123-10,142-0.81%
1970129,265-9,175-0.68%
1960138,4407,6370.57%
1950130,80313,8481.13%
1940116,9559880.08%
1930115,96722,5952.19%
192093,37226,8473.45%
191066,52513,7922.35%
190052,73312,0992.64%
189040,63412,8973.89%
188027,7378,0913.51%
187019,64610,2277.63%
18609,4193,5614.86%
18505,8582,4465.55%
18403,4121,9128.57%
18301,5009009.60%
18206002004.14%
181040030014.87%
18001000.00%