Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Tourism Spending per Capita

Tourism Spending per Capita

What does this measure?

The economic impact of the travel and tourism industry on a geographic area, measured as the total expenditures in that area that relate to travel/tourism.

Why is this important?

Tourism brings external money into a region's economy, fueling the development of jobs, new industry and attractions. The sense that a region is a tourist destination also can boost regional pride.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, people spent about $969 million on travel and tourism in Erie County, or 2.3% of the nearly $42 billion in tourism spending statewide that year. Travel and tourism spending in Erie represented $3,508 per county resident, higher than Pennsylvania's rate of $3,253 per resident. Since 2005, tourism spending per capita in Erie increased 9% in real terms, less than the state's 11% increase during that time period.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Tourism spending per capita in 2016 in Broome County, NY ($1,474) and Luzerne County, PA ($2,886) were both much less than Erie.

Notes about the data

Figures presented are in 2016 dollars. Total expenditures include spending by domestic and international travelers in the region on transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, recreation and other tourism-related expenses. Data is not available for Stark County, OH for years other than 2013 and 2015.

Tourism Spending per Capita
Erie County, PA$3,222$3,138$3,236$3,504$2,963$3,254$3,405$3,456$3,397$3,415$3,499$3,508
Luzerne County, PA$2,622$2,640$2,737$2,859$2,472$2,728$2,894$2,832$2,771$2,779$2,833$2,886
Broome County, NY$1,405$1,362$1,600$1,553$1,285$1,413$1,514$1,563$1,422$1,466$1,468$1,474
Stark County, OH$4,276$4,529

Source: Tourism Economics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Total Tourism Spending
Erie County, PA$893,297,943$873,477,857$901,493,434$976,512,784$829,195,842$912,893,045$957,834,275$972,910,942$953,405,469$954,001,871$973,021,877$969,400,000
Luzerne County, PA$828,902,824$836,452,967$871,050,089$912,526,673$792,389,929$875,580,440$928,918,926$909,667,027$885,923,236$887,191,326$900,923,680$914,200,000
Broome County, NY$281,724,960$273,731,793$321,499,089$312,293,229$258,289,135$283,558,527$302,052,314$310,747,769$281,855,191$289,838,239$288,170,927$287,256,267
Stark County, OH$1,603,707,535$1,697,244,218

Source: Tourism Economics
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing