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Arts and cultural activities create vitality and add to a community’s character. They also can be sources of distinction and prestige that draw visitors, helping to fuel the local economy with tourism spending. The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector in Erie County appears relatively healthy, with slightly more establishments, jobs and related spending here than at the state level or in similar counties. Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and Presque Isle State Park are important regional attractions, drawing boaters, hikers, and nature lovers for a variety of recreational activities.
In 2016, there were 4 jobs in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector per 10,000 residents in Erie County. This was slightly higher than the state rate of 3.7, and slightly lower than the U.S. rate of 4.2. Compared to Erie, the rate in Broome County, NY was similar, while rates were lower in Luzerne County, PA (2.7) and Stark County, OH (3.2). In 2016, the rate in Erie County was 11% higher than in 2000.
The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector represented 2.8% of all jobs in Erie County in 2016, or 3,200 people. This was a higher share of jobs than the state (2%) and the U.S. (1.8%). Since 2000, the county had a larger increase in this sector (1.3 percentage points) than the state (0.7 points) and national (0.3 points) levels during the same period.
Tourism spending, which brings external money into a community’s economy, represented $3,500 per resident in Erie County in 2016. This was higher than Pennsylvania ($3,250) and increased 9% in real terms since 2005. Tourism spending in similar counties was much less than in Erie.
Presque Isle State Park draws an estimated 4.2 million visitors each year. Presque Isle is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating.
The neck of the peninsula is attached to the mainland four miles west of downtown Erie. The park creates Presque Isle Bay, a wide and deep harbor for the city of Erie. The bay attracts many pleasure boats and worldwide freighters -- making Erie an important Great Lakes shipping port.
A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.
|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||Not Applicable|
|Live Births to Teen Mothers||Decreasing|
|Non Smoking During Pregnancy||Increasing|
|Early Prenatal Care||Increasing|