A Great City, on a Great Lake
With a population just over 100,000, Erie is 4th largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Erie County population totals just over 280,000.
Erie, Pennsylvania serves as the Commonwealth's primary access point to Lake Erie, the Great Lakes, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
The Erie region's largest employer, GE Transportation maintains its world headquarters facility in Erie, Pennsylvania and employs approximately 5,300 individuals.
Additionally, Erie is the corporate headquarters of Erie Insurance and Marquette Savings Bank. Lord Corporation was founded in Erie, Pennsylvania and maintains major operations in the region.
Diesel-electric locomotive building remains the largest manufacturer sector in Erie, Pennsylvania. A more diverse mix of mid-sized industries has recently emerged in the Erie area including steel and plastics plants and a vibrant service sector: education, health, insurance and tourism.
More than 10 percent of American plastics are manufactured or completed in Erie-based plastics plants.
Nine wineries and more than 11,000 acres of vineyards make Erie, Pennsylvania at the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country.
Erie is an emerging center for biofuels and environmental research, producing more than 45 million U.S. gallons of biofuel a year.
Tourism plays an increasingly important role in the local economy with more than 4 million people visiting Presque Isle State Park and other attractions annually.
It is only about a half hour diving distant from conneaut.