Erie, Pennsylvania - Facts & Figures
Erie, Pennsylvania was named for both the Great Lake and for the Native American tribe that once lived in the area. It is the 4th biggest city in the state and is close to large cities in Ohio and New York, as well as Pennsylvania. Erie is called the "Flagship City" because it was the home port of the flagship Niagara. It is called the "Gem City" because of the lake, said to sparkle like a gem. Because of its access to the Saint Lawrence seaway and the Great Lakes, Erie became an access point for the rest of the region, making it a maritime center and a railroad hub and brought in industry and manufacturing with its transportation abilities. Steel and plastic plants still play an important part in the economy, although Erie has added diversity. In addition to health care and insurance industries, tourism is important for the city. Home to Presque State Park, a draw for tourists of all ages, Erie also offers many adult amenities such as horse racing and casinos.
- Population: 101,807
- Industries: Metal and metal products; Construction; Accommodation and food services; Educational services; Plastics and rubber products; Health care; Transportation equipment
- Area Codes: 814
- ZIP Codes: 16504, 16505, 16515, 16522, 16530, 16534, 16544, 16546, 16550, 16553
- Surrounding Cities: Buffalo, NY; Wesleyville borough, PA; Lawrence Park, PA; Northwest Harborcreek, PA; McKean borough, PA; Avonia, PA; Waterford borough, PA; North East borough, PA; Girard borough, PA