Erie County, Pennsylvania Population 2021

Erie County, Pennsylvania's estimated population is 266,096 with a growth rate of -0.68% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Erie County, Pennsylvania is the 16th largest county in Pennsylvania. The 2010 Population was 280,799 and has seen a growth of -5.24% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021266,096-1,816-0.68%
2020267,912-1,816-0.67%
2019269,728-1,816-0.67%
2018271,544-2,014-0.74%
2017273,558-2,612-0.95%
2016276,170-2,004-0.72%
2015278,174-1,249-0.45%
2014279,423-1,294-0.46%
2013280,717-815-0.29%
2012281,5322050.07%
2011281,3275280.19%
2010280,7995,2271.90%
1990275,572-4,208-1.50%
1980279,78016,1266.12%
1970263,65412,9725.17%
1960250,68231,29414.26%
1950219,38838,49921.28%
1940180,8895,6123.20%
1930175,27721,74114.16%
1920153,53638,01932.91%
1910115,51717,04417.31%
190098,47312,39914.41%
189086,07411,38615.24%
188074,6888,71513.21%
187065,97316,54133.46%
186049,43210,69027.59%
185038,7427,39823.60%
184031,34414,30383.93%
183017,0418,48899.24%
18208,5534,795127.59%
18103,7582,290155.99%
18001,4680.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-0.68%
County Website
Founded
November 7, 1803
County Seat
2010 Population
280,799
Growth (since 2010)
-5.24%
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Erie County, Pennsylvania Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White236,77986.47%
Black or African American19,6637.18%
Two or More Races8,7213.18%
Asian4,5381.66%
Some Other Race3,3501.22%
American Indian and Alaska Native7210.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander630.02%
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Erie County, Pennsylvania Population by Race

Erie County, Pennsylvania Population Pyramid 2021

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Median Age

39.7


Total

38.1


Male

41.4


Female

Erie County, Pennsylvania Adults

There are 214,920 adults, (47,517 of whom are seniors) in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Age Dependency

63.6

Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Erie County, Pennsylvania Sex Ratio

Female

138,597

50.61%

Male

135,238

49.39%

Erie County, Pennsylvania Population by Age

Erie County, Pennsylvania Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86.9%13.1%
All66.1%33.9%
Male60%40%
Non Family49.4%50.6%
Female46.3%53.7%

66.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Erie County, Pennsylvania Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All110,3182.3666.1
Married48,6223.0286.9
Non Family41,8251.2449.4
Female14,3693.0946.3
Male5,5023.1660

2.96

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,0352.68%
9th to 12th Grade11,2295.99%
High School Graduate72,21438.51%
Some College29,05315.49%
Associates Degree17,6929.43%
Bachelors Degree33,62417.93%
Graduate Degree18,6799.96%
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Erie County, Pennsylvania Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Erie County, Pennsylvania Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White166,084154,91148,441
Black11,2079,0981,623
Hispanic5,3963,454593
Asian2,5651,6981,000
Multiple Races2,3222,009593
Other Race1,686954166
Native American47441567
Islander535311

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.99%.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,867$43,237$30,232
Less Than High School$20,782$25,740$16,358
High School Grad$30,078$36,176$24,289
Some College$33,517$41,867$28,021
Bachelors Degree$45,193$54,065$37,670
Graduate Degree$61,684$75,838$54,268

$35,867

Average Earnings

$43,237

Average Male

$30,232

Average Female

Erie County, Pennsylvania Earnings by Educational Attainment

Erie County, Pennsylvania Language by Age

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Language

93.18% of Erie County, Pennsylvania residents speak only English, while 6.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.65% of the population.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Language

Erie County, Pennsylvania Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White221,68727,58512.44%
Black17,2477,06840.98%
Hispanic10,8704,48741.28%
Multiple8,1482,58931.77%
Other3,1611,18637.52%
Asian4,11067916.52%
Native69412618.16%
Islander631117.46%

16.02%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.73%

Male Poverty Rate

17.24%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Erie County, Pennsylvania

The race most likely to be in poverty in Erie County, Pennsylvania is Hispanic, with 41.28% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Erie County, Pennsylvania is White, with 12.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.73%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.42%.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.63%
High School13.29%
Some College10.98%
Bachelors or Greater5.42%

Erie County, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.09%
Male Unemployed32.29%
Female Employed8.93%
Male Employed5.92%

Erie County, Pennsylvania Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Erie County, Pennsylvania Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,529$68,976
Families$66,569$83,431
Married Families$81,190$98,791
Non Families$29,690$41,891
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Income by Household Type

Erie County, Pennsylvania Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.1%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Erie County, Pennsylvania Married by Age and Sex

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Erie County, Pennsylvania 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 55-64.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Marital Status by Race

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Marital Status

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19,481

Number of Veterans

18,214

Male Veterans

1,267

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,437
First Gulf War3,145
Second Gulf War2,609
Korea1,795
World War II862

Erie County, Pennsylvania Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 745,640
75+4,852
35 to 544,303
55 to 643,320
18 to 341,366

Erie County, Pennsylvania Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White18,1289.49%
Black9727.03%
2 or More1875.13%
Hispanic1371.95%
Indian11721.67%
Asian401.20%
Other200.92%
Hawaiian1728.33%

Erie County, Pennsylvania Veterans by Race

Erie County, Pennsylvania Veterans by Education

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7.19%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Erie County, Pennsylvania Veterans by Education

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60.5%

Labor Force Participation

57.1%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Erie County, Pennsylvania Employment by Age

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Employment by Race

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Erie County, Pennsylvania Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.21%

Born in Pennsylvania

95.65%

Native Born

4.35%

Foreign Born

2.29%

Non Citizen

2.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.65% of Erie County, Pennsylvania residents were born in the United States, with 78.21% having been born in Pennsylvania. 2.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Erie County, Pennsylvania Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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