Community & Civic Engagement
Eligible Voters

Eligible Voters

What does this measure?

The percent change in the voting-age population (18 and over) since 2000.

Why is this important?

This measure represents how many people are potentially able to vote, a basic right of all citizens. Changes in size of the voting-age population can affect the dynamics of local elections. Additionally, an area's political representation is in part dependent on the size of its population.

How is our county performing?

Erie County's voting-age population increased by only 2% from 2000 to 2017. Its voting-age population peaked at 218,800 voting-age adults in 2012 and then declined to 215,500 voting-age adults in 2017. The state, in contrast, experienced steady increases in its voting-age population throughout this time resulting in an 8% increase overall. The nation increased its voting-age population by 20% in this time period.

How do we compare to similar counties?

From 2000 to 2017, Stark County, OH saw a similar increase in its voting age population to Erie County (3%). Luzerne and Broome Counties saw smaller increases (1%).

Notes about the data

Eligible Voters
United States0.0%1.2%2.3%3.4%4.6%5.8%7.1%8.3%9.6%10.9%12.1%13.3%14.5%15.7%16.8%17.9%19.0%20.2%
Erie County, PA0.0%0.3%0.6%0.9%0.3%0.3%1.1%1.4%1.7%2.4%3.1%3.6%3.9%3.9%3.5%3.3%2.7%2.3%
Broome County, NY0.0%0.4%1.0%1.2%1.6%1.8%2.4%2.7%3.3%3.5%3.7%3.4%3.3%3.1%2.8%2.1%1.5%1.0%
Stark County, OH0.0%-0.1%0.1%0.3%0.6%0.6%0.8%1.3%1.7%1.8%1.9%2.1%2.4%2.8%3.1%3.0%2.8%2.7%
Luzerne County, PA0.0%-0.6%-0.7%-0.6%-0.6%-0.2%-0.0%0.5%0.9%1.4%1.7%1.9%2.2%1.9%1.8%1.4%1.1%1.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Number of Eligible Voters
United States209,786,222212,297,780214,688,736217,007,175219,507,563221,992,930224,622,198227,211,802229,989,364232,637,362235,217,625237,734,073240,292,912242,660,171245,051,479247,411,463249,747,123252,063,800
Erie County, PA210,612211,346211,900212,529211,259211,330212,880213,542214,134215,702217,108218,121218,842218,812218,088217,504216,392215,478
Broome County, NY154,390155,074155,970156,227156,834157,146158,061158,589159,414159,829160,114159,664159,437159,153158,673157,653156,698155,992
Stark County, OH284,269283,960284,461285,188285,901286,061286,664287,910289,012289,287289,749290,149291,195292,106292,953292,836292,301292,025
Luzerne County, PA252,004250,416250,154250,467250,598251,431251,994253,154254,287255,546256,329256,731257,468256,866256,565255,649254,773255,190

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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 Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing