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Located in the northwest corner of the state, Erie is Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city.  Here are some interesting facts about Erie County, Pennsylvania:

·    According to the 2000 Census, the county’s population is 280,843.  There are two cities in Erie County – the City of Erie and the City of Corry; their respective populations are 103,717 and 6,834.  The second largest municipality in Erie County is Millcreek Township, which has a population of 52,129.  The County of Erie is 803 square miles, and the county borders the state of New York and the state of Ohio, along with Lake Erie.

  • Erie County is the third largest grape growing area in the U.S.
  • Erie is home to the Erie Otters (OHL Hockey) and the Erie Sea Wolves (AA Baseball).
  • Both the Seaway Trail and historic Route 6 travel through the county, both providing scenic views during your travels.  Interstate 90 and Interstate 79 meet in Erie County, providing easy access to Canada, New York, Ohio, and the Eastern Seaboard.

·        Erie is centrally located and is only a two hour drive to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Canada.

·        The restored U.S. Brig Niagara, which was a relief flagship of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812, makes the waters of Presque Isle Bay her home. 

·        A registered national natural landmark, recognized internationally as an ecological gem, Presque Isle State Park offers a unique mix of nature and recreation and is located within Erie County.  It is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches lakeward into Lake Erie and contains over 7 miles of beaches.  Over 4 million visitors come to enjoy the beauty of Presque Isle each year.  Presque Isle creates Presque Isle Bay, a wide and deep harbor for the city of Erie.  Presque Isle Bay attracts many pleasure boats and worldwide freighters, making Erie an important Great Lakes shipping port.  Diverse and rare plants and animals attract naturalists: Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.  As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating and hiking. 

·        Erie has been home to many famous people including:  Pat Monahan of the band “Train”; Homeland Security Director and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; Ann B. Davis who played Alice in “The Brady Bunch”; Harry T. Burleigh, composer, arranger and musician who wrote Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Caryn Kadavy, Olympic figure skater; Paul Weitz, astronaut; and Bruce Baumgartner, Olympic wrestler

·        Erie has a number of colleges and universities, including:  Penn State Erie – The Behrend College, Mercyhurst College, Gannon University, Edinboro University, LECOM – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAMtech).

·        Some of the best fishing in the Region takes place in Lake Erie and it’s tributaries.  Field and Stream Magazine ranks Presque Isle “one of the top 20 family fishing spots in the nation.”  An average of 1.5 million fish are caught each year in the area.

·        Erie is also experiencing substantial growth as a regional shopping center, with visitors from nearby states and Canada taking advantage of the lack of state sales tax on food and clothing.

·        Waldameer Park and Water World is a family-fun complex that combines a beautiful amusement park with one of the greatest water parks in the entire country offering over 75 rides, slides and attractions ranging from roller coasters, to waterslides.  Waldameer is located near the entrance to Presque Isle State Park.

·        When you are in Erie, you must stop at Discovery Square, with its children's and art museums, restored Perry Memorial House and Dickson Tavern, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.  Some other places of interest are the historical museum and planetarium, and the General "Mad" Anthony Wayne Memorial Blockhouse. 

·        The Erie Zoo has more than 300 animals in natural habitats, with a focus on the African jungle and is situated on more than 15 acres.  The Wild Asia exhibit opened in the Spring of 2002, featuring orangutans, Asian deer, simangs and Asian insects and snakes.

  • The Blasco Library is the main library in the Erie County Library system, and is also the third-largest library in Pennsylvania.  The Blasco Memorial Library is the largest public library built in Pennsylvania in the 20th century.  The library is located on the bay front facing Presque Isle State Park and shares it’s home with the Center for Maritime Studies.


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