Erie is a city on the south shore of Lake Erie and is the county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American Erie people who lived in the area until the mid-17th century, Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Erie is conveniently located halfway between Buffalo, NY and Cleveland, OH, and is due north of Pittsburgh, PA.
The manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy; however, health care, higher education, technology, service industries, and tourism are emerging as significant economic drivers in Erie. Over four million people visit Erie during the summer months, primarily to visit Presque Isle State Park – home of the only tidal waters in Pennsylvania.
Erie is known as the “Flagship City” because of its status as the home port of Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship Niagara. The city has also been called the “Gem City” because of the sparkling lake. Vineyards and wineries abound in the Lake Erie region, producing the third largest amount of wine in the United States.
For more information about Erie and the many opportunities for adventure and recreation, please see Visit Erie website.