The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that voted in an election.
Voting is a basic right of all citizens and indicates the citizenry's interest, commitment and belief in the value of participating in our political process.
In 2016, 57% of voting-age people in Erie County cast votes in the presidential election. This was lower than the statewide rate of 60%, but slightly higher than the national rate of 55%.
Between 2000 and 2012, voting-age people in Erie County cast ballots at higher rates than the nation in every presidential election except 2012, when the county and U.S. were similar (both at 54%). Erie County's participation rate in 2012 was slightly lower than the state's, at 57%, but the county was similar to Pennsylvania in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.
Voter participation in Erie County and Pennsylvania fluctuated similarly from 2000 to 2016. Participation was lowest during the 2014 midterm elections (33% in Erie, 35% in Pennsylvania) and highest in the 2004 Erie County's voting-age population peaked at 218,800 voting-age adults in 2012 and then declined to 216,200 voting-age adults in 2016. Overall, the County's voting-age population has increased by 2% in the last 10 years. The state, in contrast, experienced steady increases in its voting-age population throughout this time (a 5% increase overall). The nation increased its voting-age population by 11% in this time period.
During the 2016 election, Erie County's voter participation was slightly higher than Broome County, NY (55%), higher than Luzerne County, PA (53%) and similar to Stark County, OH (58%). Voter participation in Stark was higher than Erie in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Participation in Luzerne County lagged behind Erie in every election for which data was available from 2000 to 2016.
From 2006 to 2016, Stark County, OH saw a similar increase in its voting age population to Erie County (2%). Luzerne County saw a smaller increase (1%), Broome County experienced a small 1% decline.
Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over. National data only available for presidential years.
|Erie County, PA||53%||37%||60%||40%||60%||54%||33%||57%|
|Luzerne County, PA||47%||35%||54%||38%||53%||48%||29%||53%|
|Stark County, OH||54%||39%||66%||47%||64%||42%||61%||34%||58%|
|Broome County, NY||57%||43%||59%||41%||56%||39%||51%||34%||56%|
|Erie County, PA||112,335||78,563||125,898||86,101||127,691||118,619||72,504||123,679|
|Luzerne County, PA||119,586||86,746||136,028||95,679||135,175||124,439||74,214||134,983|
|Stark County, OH||153,461||109,772||187,552||134,829||183,733||122,271||178,013||98,653||170,868|
|Broome County, NY||88,011||66,604||92,604||64,988||89,757||62,515||81,376||53,350||87,177|
|INDICATORS||TREND | ERIE COUNTY|
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments||Maintaining|
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees||Increasing|
|Drug Abuse Arrests||Maintaining|
|Voter Participation Rate||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|
|Median Household Income||Maintaining|
|Change in Average Salary||Decreasing|
|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 Rate by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Housing Affordability for Homeowners||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|
|Education Level of Adults||Not Applicable|
|Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Recycling Tons Per Capita||Maintaining|
|Solid Waste Per Capita||Maintaining|
|Vehicles by Fuel Type||Not Applicable|
|Death from Heart Disease||Decreasing|
|Death from Cancer||Decreasing|
|Death from Stroke||Decreasing|
|Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease||Increasing|
|People Without Healthcare Coverage||Decreasing|
|People Without a Primary Care Physician||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|
|Physically Inactive Adults||Decreasing|
|Low Birth Weight Babies||Increasing|
|Live Births to Teen Mothers||Decreasing|
|Non Smoking During Pregnancy||Increasing|
|Early Prenatal Care||Increasing|