Change in Total Population

Change in Total Population

What does this measure?

The percent change in number of residents of a geographic area since 2000.

Why is this important?

Population measures provide insight on how communities are changing in size and composition. Changes in total population are a measure of the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.

How is our county performing?

From 2000 to 2017, Erie County's population declined 2.3% from 280,900 people to 274,500. During this period, the population increased 4.3% in Pennsylvania and 15.7% nationwide.

The City of Erie's population declined 6% between 2000 and 2017, from 103,700 to 97,400.

How do we compare to similar counties?

The comparison counties also had population losses from 2000 to 2017. Broome County, NY dropped 3.4%, Luzerne County, PA declined 0.7% and Stark County, OH was down 1.5%. As of 2017, Stark was the largest comparison county with a population of 372,500, compared to 317,300 in Luzerne and 193,600 in Broome.

Notes about the data

Data for this indicator are released annually in July.

Change in Total Population
United States0.0%1.3%2.2%3.1%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%8.1%9.0%9.7%10.7%11.6%12.4%13.2%14.1%14.9%15.7%
Erie County, PA0.0%-0.1%-0.2%-0.3%-1.1%-1.3%-0.9%-0.8%-0.8%-0.4%-0.1%0.1%0.2%-0.1%-0.6%-1.0%-1.6%-2.3%
Broome County, NY0.0%0.2%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.0%0.2%0.2%0.3%0.3%0.1%-0.5%-0.8%-1.1%-1.4%-2.1%-2.8%-3.4%
Stark County, OH0.0%-0.2%-0.3%-0.4%-0.4%-0.6%-0.5%-0.3%-0.3%-0.5%-0.7%-1.0%-0.9%-0.8%-0.7%-0.9%-1.2%-1.5%
Luzerne County, PA0.0%-0.9%-1.2%-1.2%-1.2%-1.0%-0.8%-0.4%-0.1%0.3%0.5%0.5%0.5%0.1%-0.1%-0.4%-0.8%-0.7%
Erie City0.0%-0.3%-0.6%-0.8%-1.9%-2.3%-2.0%-2.1%-2.2%-2.0%-1.9%-2.1%-2.3%-3.1%-3.9%-4.5%-5.3%-6.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percentage change since 2000.

Total Population
United States281,424,600284,968,955287,625,193290,107,933292,805,298295,516,599298,379,912301,231,207304,093,966306,771,529308,758,105311,644,280313,993,272316,234,505318,622,525321,039,839323,405,935325,719,178
Erie County, PA280,907280,647280,379280,153277,864277,211278,389278,573278,686279,838280,564281,288281,503280,647279,351278,111276,321274,541
Broome County, NY200,415200,868201,438201,037200,974200,477200,905200,877201,029200,935200,689199,449198,783198,212197,649196,292194,830193,639
Stark County, OH378,144377,295376,867376,721376,663376,050376,180376,877377,141376,210375,592374,470374,863375,025375,549374,719373,528372,542
Luzerne County, PA319,429316,665315,711315,640315,439316,187316,837318,232319,210320,527320,916320,948321,154319,745319,206318,013316,801317,343
Erie City103,748103,435103,169102,900101,819101,388101,693101,582101,423101,664101,782101,543101,322100,54699,72199,03798,28997,369

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